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Subject: Re: Please explain!

Re: Please explain!

From: Dominik Riebeling <>
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 14:05:30 +0200

On 8/25/07, Hope Hein <> wrote:
> Could you kindly explain how not to include the entire message in my reply? just hit control r to reply or select reply and am put into a new message.

wow, that seems to be _really_ hard ... the explanation is part of the
etiquette of this lists which got linked several times. I'm doing it
once more again: please read Also really interesting in
that domain is the wikipedia article -- the
netiquette guidelines are quite similar to the rules for this list.

To quote the (pretty short) section from the etiquette:
If you are including the original message in your reply, always edit
the message such that it only quotes the sections which are relevant
to your reply. Don't just quote the whole of the message to which
you're replying.

This means you usually need to _manually_ edit the quoted message
before you are sending the mail. How this works should be covered by
the manual / help of your mail client.

Besides, it would also be much nicer if you would stick to the usual
quote character (the > sign) instead of your own one (the . sign) as
modern mail clients can use the quote sign for helping the reader. For
sighted people this usually means coloring the citation levels which
is _really_ helpful. Ignoring mail standards just makes your mails
harder to read for others, therefore decreasing the interest in
bothering with your issues.

 - Dominik
Received on 2007-08-25

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