Posting etiquette, was Re: Records in Haskell

Henrik Nilsson nhn at Cs.Nott.AC.UK
Thu Jan 19 11:46:00 CET 2012


On 01/19/2012 10:22 AM, Jos Pedro Magalhes wrote:
> One could also argue that a good email client should automatically hide
> long quotes. In fact, I guess many people are not even aware of the
> problem because their client does this.

But then what is the point of including the text in the first place if
it is understood it is only there to be hidden?

Besides, personally, I don't want my e-mail client to attempt (and,
short of it truly having an understanding of what is being said,
inevitably fail) to understand which parts of an e-mail are of
interest to me and which parts are not.

No, I agree completely with Malcolm: not taking the time to
quote ONLY what is of relevance to provide the immediately
relevant context for a point one wishes to make is a failure
of communication and, indeed, an abuse of other's time.

Thanks, Malcolm, well said!


Henrik Nilsson
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
nhn at

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