[Mailman-Users] The "right" way to reply to a mailing list

Al Black al-black at telus.net
Sat Mar 21 22:53:18 CET 2015

On 2015-03-20, at 9:39 PM, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:

> Barry Warsaw wrote:
>> I've always found it proper and useful to include the quoted material
>> of the original message, but trim the quotes to just the bit you are
>> responding to. I'd call this interleaved-with-trimming.
>> Top posting has always been a serious breach of netiquette.
> I concur and I still consider this to be true on the grounds of legibility. I find it far more clear to read point followed by rebuttal instead of reading rebuttals followed by having to figure out which points were being rebutted.

Further to the point, between top posting and lack of editing, the digest format of list posts are essentially unreadable.  Moreover, on more extended threads, entire digests can consist of a single post depending on how you set your size limits.

Although the ideal solution is obviously users changing their behaviour and or MUAs, I've wondered whether an "auto-trim" function within mailman would make sense (for digest users...)  

Its been a thought provoking discussion btw, thanks to all.


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