Annie Fetter (email@example.com) said: > 3) When replying to a message, please edit out parts of the original > message that you aren't directly replying to. Long messages are > harder to read, especially if there's a lot of quoted stuff and it's hard to > find the new text. If you're posting something in reply to a topic, but > aren't actually responding directly to the comments in another post, > delete all the old text.
Amen! Although it costs only fractions of a penny to mass e-mail stuff around the world, it's a waste of bandwidth to send messages twice, which is what happens a lot when people don't edit. I get frustrated with messages that are only two lines long, but then quote an entire 50-line post from someone else. (And don't get me started on posts that quote posts that quote posts that quote posts ad nauseum) I think we can all follow three or four discussions at once... I for one read all the ones of one subject type first, then all of another, et cetera.
I may not post very often, but I like intelligent discussions about mathematics. If everyone would focus his or her thoughts, I'd like to think that this listserv could approach that.
Ben :D ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ben Dillon (firstname.lastname@example.org) St. Joseph's High School, South Bend, IN "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!"