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Month: October 2020

[trinity-users] Re: [OT] Spam

From: "Steven D'Aprano via tde-users" <ml-migration-agent@...>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2020 19:06:04 +1100
On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 02:51:00PM +0100, Gerhard Zintel wrote:

> So please, please trim down your answers to the necessary amount as long as
> bottom-posting is the policy of this list.

Seconded! Please trim! Kmail makes it easy by default: select the text 
you want to remove, and press the backspace or delete key.

But bottom posting is not the policy of this list. The list policy is to 
**avoid top posting**, with either bottom or *inline* posting preferred.

See the "Mailing List Etiquette" section here:

Personally, I think that the bottom posting without trimming is even 
ruder than top-posting. You still have pages and pages of historical 
posts duplicated in the message, but instead of it being underneath your 
reply where nobody needs to look at it, bottom-posting forces people to 
scroll through it looking for comments.

The worst case I have ever seen, in an email thread I cared enough about 
to keep reading, was (by memory) *forty-seven* screen fulls of quoted 
text for a single one-line comment at the end. Not on this list though. 
I worked out at the time that, had it been printed out on paper, that 
would have been something like thirty full A4 pages of quoted text, with 
the deepest quote something like 15 or 16 levels:

> > > > > > > > > > > > > > > blah blah blah

(One should trim inline posting too. It's very rare for any quote more 
than 4 or 5 levels deep to still be relevent in the discussion, people 
can always look at the web archive if the need the full history of the 

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