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Subject headers are the solution (and: be careful with quotes!)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, March 14, 2002, 10:11
Couldn't agree more! One of the longer threads of the
last two weeks was my initial introduction, called
"Hello to you all!"; it ended up simultaneously, in
discussions about Gaelic orthography and subtitling of
TV shows!

It might not be a bad idea, if the header of a posting
would reflect it's containt.
Like: Babel text in Obrenje.
Or: What is ergative?

Tags could be a solution, but I doubt whether that
will work. CHAT to imply that a message is trivial?
QUESTION to imply that somebody waits for an answer?
Of course we would like to able to know what we delete
and not waste too much time reading stuff that doesn't
interest us. But I would say that those tags are a
form of over-simplifying. And besides, such a policy
won't last long, that's for sure!

I have one other suggestion to limit the amount of
garbage we have to get through in order to find
whatever we need: if you reply to a message, do not
automatically quote a big bulk of text, that could
easily be found elsewhere. Sixty lines of quoted text,
followed or preceded by a one-liner that is the actual
message, are unnecessary.


"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought,
wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that
happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great
comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." --- J.
Michael Straczynski

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