[sf-lug] Puppy Linux

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Oct 12 17:51:09 PDT 2007

Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):

> hi


Of course, it's a frequent misconception that the _altitude_ of one's
text is the issue.  It's not.  The issue is whether one bothers to quote
relevant context from upthread (the material to which one is
responding), and specifically whether one bothers to quote _only_
relevant context.

To put it another way, what some, particularly those who are long-time
Internet users, deem very annoying, Internet culture is quoting vast
reams of preceding traffing for no sane reason -- usually for no better
reason, fundamentally, than because the mail (or netnews) client being used,
e.g. MS-Outlook MS-OE, and many others bobbing in its wake, defaults to
that behaviour.  Many popular Linux MUAs replicate that default.

Those MUAs also tend to not bother using traditional quotation prefixes
(such as > or :), compounding the problem.

It's common for people suffering from those software defaults, and not
desiring to expend the effort to alter the consequences, to portray this
matter as merely an issue of cultural preference, as if they had made a
conscious policy decision (which overwhelmingly is not the case).

Possibly useful for MS-Outlook and MS-OE users:  

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