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On e-mail lists and etiquette

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:26 pm

::grumble:: What is it with people replying to a mailing list posting with a one- or two-line reply… with the entirety of every other post in the thread quoted immediately below? Not only is it a waste of bandwidth, it’s quite a pain to scroll through if you view mailing lists in digest form.

I’ve seriously seen postings on some of the lists I’m on where someone will write a single-line “me too” sort of reply, and then leave 300 or so lines of text– most of it only tangentially related, at that– quoted in the reply. And of course, they always forget to trim the listserv instructions from each of the messages, so you end up with something that looks like this rather apocryphal example I’ve just made up:

Me too!

-- CluelessQuoter99

> I absolutely love this listserv. It's great! I could go on and on about
> how well I get along with everyone here, but that would just lead to
> a lot of incoherent rambling. I ramble on incoherently even more than
> my alter-ego Cody, you know, and he can rant quite a bit for someone
> who's so introverted in real life.
> -- Verbose102
> > So, what's your opinion on this mailing list?
> >
> > -- CellophaneBoy
> > ------------
> > To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to blah@list.srv
> ------------
> To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to blah@list.srv

…except, of course, that such posts tend to include far more than just two levels of replies. And the unsubscription instructions are longer. And one of the posts will be several paragraphs long and quoted in its entirety.

Gah…I know I can’t be the only one who still practices listserv etiquette these days!

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