[Mailman-Developers] Trivial mm wording nit

Dan Mick 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
> completed.

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 
  less purpose.

I don't see a lot of difference either way.  And yes, it's certainly a nit.

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