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Month: September 2020

[trinity-users] Re: Mailquotes

From: William Morder via tde-users <ml-migration-agent@...>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:45:38 -0700

On Wednesday 16 September 2020 11:32:03 Dan Youngquist via tde-users wrote:
> On 09/16/2020 04:52 AM, phiebie@... wrote:
> > nauseating mails with quote on quote on quote... 6, 7 or 8 levels deep
> > the full original text and then one or two lines reply.
> > In vain, the old bad habit is seamlessly continued here.
> >
> > Am I the only one here, who finds this a nuisance?
> I do as well, and apparently there are at least several others.  It makes
> it much more difficult follow the discussions where it's done.  One
> would've thought it wouldn't happen on a list where most users are fairly
> computer-savvy and many have been around computers from the early days, but
> here it is.  I hate to suggest it, but maybe we need a rule for that?

I certainly will plead mea maxima culpa here; but usually the threads go 
off-topic, then spin out-of-control, by little steps. 

One offhand comment, or joke, then everybody piles on, and I alone am not 
responsible for that. And by the way, we did try making a rule, which is to 
change the heading, create a new thread from scratch (rather than reusing the 

We could stick to "strictly business"; which I am sure would please the 
no-nonsense people here, but alienate others. For what it's worth, I also 
don't like reading the threads when they get too far disconnected from the 
original topic. But how far is too far? No jokes at all? No witty retorts? 

I say, take it private (chat or private email), if it goes more than, say, one 
step beyond the topic. No harm in having private conversation (or even a 
group private conversation). Not everybody is interested. 

When it goes off-topic, it becomes like a snowball effect, hard to stop when 
it gets momentum. We need to stop or divert it before that point. 

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