[Scribus] Re: IMHO excessive quoting....

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Fri Jun 3 02:48:01 CEST 2005

frank gaude' wrote:

> All this is good, but I for one think more tolerance for variety is in 
> order. Diversity is the order of the day, especially when it comes to 
> developing free software. The fewer rules the better.

The biggest problem with "rules" is that they are certain to be broken, 
mostly unintentionally.

Top-posting can work, but it's certainly rude to top-post a response in 
summation of a long, complicated post.  One's first reaction is "huh?", 
after which you have to figure out what part(s) the person was 
responding to, if you feel up to taking the time.  Bottom-posting can be 
bad for the same reason -- the highest intelligibility comes from 
sticking your responses just below the individual parts that they 
respond to, while deleting the unnecessary and distracting parts.

It would seem that where excessive quoting is especially annoying is in 
longer threads, where many serial posts accumulate in a big blob -- a 
snowball effect.

If we do see some rules (ugh!) or recommendations (ah, better) develop, 
perhaps a subrecommendation might be the request to try not to reply to 
an email if your only goal is to remind the poster of the style 


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