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Topic: How to keep this list thriving
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jun 12, 1995 6:34 PM

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Re: How to keep this list thriving
Posted: Jun 12, 1995 6:34 PM
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Annie Fetter ( 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

> 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 (
St. Joseph's High School, South Bend, IN
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before

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