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Subject: Re: Email ettiquette (was RE: windows won't detect my ipod)

Re: Email ettiquette (was RE: windows won't detect my ipod)

From: Glenn Ervin <GlennErvin_at_cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 20:29:52 -0600

Actually, on a completely different topic and mostly from a social
commentary perspective, I've noticed this quite a bit in my transition
from engineering/tech focused fields to having more dealings with
management. I used to be a firmware engineer to a printer company, then
a consultant writing .NET, now I write Perl and PHP for an insurance
company. It seems like the further you get away from hackers and the
more you get towards non-computer folks (product managers, engineers
from other disciplines, my mother, etc.), the more people simply can't
handle inline comments and what we consider "proper" use of email.
Hence, they top-post, quote incorrectly, are imprecise in their use of
language and explanations, etc. The thing is, I can't figure out why - I
try and explain why these approaches are better, and they seem to make
an effort, and end up just getting more confused. It must be some
difference in the way they think vs. the way I think.

Anyway, just a little social commentary.

* I think the reason you are noticing this is that there are many more Blind
users on the list than ever.
We Blind users usually prefer to have the reply at the top, as different to
sighted folk, we have to read the message in its entirety, to get to the
reply, where sighted users can typically glance past the quoted text to get
to the reply, unless it is not clear with a separator, or blank space.
But many of us are trying to oblige the sighted users on this list, since
this is not a "Blind topic" list.
But either we haven't been remembering to correctly edit, or some of us
don't yet have the editing skills.
Not an excuse, just my opinion here.
I think you would hate being on a "Blind topic" list.
Glenn

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