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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: Matthew Caron <>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 21:15:42 -0500

> In this case, we can't really see which bits Daniel has written himself,
> and which bits are quotes from previous messages from Matthew at least one
> other unnamed person whio also appears to have contributed to the text in
> the email.

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.
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