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John Buttery john at io.com
Thu Feb 5 13:01:43 CET 2004

* Mark Dadgar <mark at pdc-racing.net> [2004-02-04 22:55:55 -0800]:
> This is totally ridiculous.
> The document you reference is a long attempt at rationalizing why we
> shouldn't bother to try to make mail systems Do The Right Thing.
> The tool should fit the job and not the other way around.

  I hate getting sucked into this argument, since it's been explained so
many times already (not to mention on the page you read), but...
  If the whole concept of information being irretrievably destroyed by
clobbering Reply-To: willy-nilly isn't a compelling reason to you, I'm
not sure what else to say.

> The next thing you're goint to tell me is that we should train
> computer users to not use spaces in file names, because "it makes
> things hard for the IT guys."
> It's 2004.  Get over it.

  Actually, I usually tell my new-to-CLI friends not to use spaces or
other special characters because it will make things hard for _them_
  You're shoehorning a semi-reserved field-separator character into the
shoe of a regular character, and by doing so, you're dancing around
one of the basic design concepts of the entire CLI "thing", regardless
of what year you happen to be sitting at the terminal.  Can you do it?
Sure.  But _should_ you?  Well, that's up to you.

  John  ! The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace
 Buttery! alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by
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