[Mailman-Developers] Trivial mm wording nit
dan.mick at sun.com
Thu Sep 25 16:18:10 EDT 2003
Skip Montanaro wrote:
> >> I know this is anal, but it bugs me every time Mailman discards a
> >> message then sends me a note with this text:
> >> The attached message has been automatically discarded.
> >> It should be
> >> The attached message was automatically discarded.
> Dan> I don't agree. Why is the latter more correct?
> "was" connotes that an action happened in the past and is over and done
> with. "has been" connotes that the action was started, but might not have
doesn't connote that to me..."has been" is clearly past tense, just as is "was".
> I disagree. To me, the sentence with "was" gives the impression that it
> just simply happened. The sentence with "has been" seems more official
> and assured, indicating that the action was purposefully taken.
doesn't connote that either to me. Neither "has been" nor "was" implies more or
I don't see a lot of difference either way. And yes, it's certainly a nit.
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