Newcomer Help

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Feb 12 22:22:57 CET 2014

On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:07 AM, Tim Delaney
<timothy.c.delaney at> wrote:
> On 13 February 2014 02:17, Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid.invalid> wrote:
>> I've always worked in corporations where the email "culture" is the
>> Microsoft-induced "lazy and stupid" style as you describe.  And yet
>> when I respond with editted quotes and interleaved repies like this I
>> consitently get nothing favorable comments about it.  Some people have
>> even asked how I do it -- though they don't seem to adopt it.
> Yep - the problem is that you usually have to fight against the tools to do
> it. It's worth the effort, but it can be really hard when you've got an
> already existing top-posted email thread with people using bizarre fonts and
> colours throughout.

Ugh, yes. I run a mailman list for a non-profit organization's
committee... some of the people on that list know about standard
netiquette, but others will quote the entire thread and add a "me too"
with a multi-font, multi-color signature. When the latter sort get
into conversation, it's possible for emails to trip the "messages over
this many bytes go to the moderator" rule... I've given up trying to
explain. :|


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