[SATLUG] Mailing list style

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 15:03:31 CDT 2009


Original Subject Line: Re: [SATLUG] Putting in an order for new, leather pocket 
protectors

Jennifer Van Gorkom wrote:
> 
> Unfortunately Cheryl you are running into the single most 
> aggravating issue I see on this list.  The absolute fanaticism that some of >
> the members who use threaded news readers to read emails over how new emails
> are created.  By receiving your email in digest form each individual email
> loses its identifying information that the threaded readers use to organize
> the emails. This means that when you create a new email like you do it shows
> up as its own thread and not in place with the rest of them.
> 
> At times when I am feeling most militant about this I have a tendency to pick
> dead threads to reply to and change all the visible information just to make
> the mail appear in an odd place in their threaded reader.
> 
> If the group is this nuts about having everything in a thread, then they 
> should do away with the ability to receive the emails in digest form and 
> understand that they will lose some readers when they do so.

What is *really* irritating is those that *don't* compose a new message for a 
new topic.  What does this post have to do with pocket protectors?

It's also somewhat irritating to have people top post.  See:

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style for a discussion on posting styles.

   -- Bruce


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