Strathspey Traffic

Ian McHaffie

Message 1464 · 25 Mar 1995 03:55:02 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Strathspey Traffic seems to be increasing -- good thing for interchange of
ideas but it makes returning from a vacation something of an experience. I
got back last Sunday after 2 weeks away to be faced with 224 messages -
mostly from Strathspey and a few for me individually.
One of the factors that slows down dealing with the mail (I had 29 msgs
yesterday alone) is extensive quotation from previous messages -- for
example:

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

>Miss Milligan wrote:
>followed
>by
>40
>lines
>of
>text and then the real message:

We never did it that way in Timbuktu in the 1960's.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

To get to the meat of the message I have to scroll through lots of stuff,
most of which I have probably read before anyway, especially if I am
following a particular thread, to get to the real point, which in some
cases is quite short.

Now my question:

Do others feel the same way I do? That is, would people prefer messages
without extensive quotation? or do you like the quotations to set the
context? or do you not care either way?

If there were a lot of support for one particular approach idea, we could
try to adopt a convention within the Strathspey community that would meet
people's preferences.

Perhaps a small survey might be in order, and in order to avoid everyone
having to read everyone else's views on this subject, I would invite you to
e-mail me directly (xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx) with your reply. I shall tabulate
the results and post them at the end of next week (Friday March 30). The
messages could be very short, and in fact could just contain a number,
provided that I have got the choices right!

The following three responses would appear to be the options:

1. I prefer no quotes or, if they are necessary for clarity, very brief
quotes.

2. I prefer to have quotes whenever possible so that the context and
reference point
are clear.

3. I really don't mind - let the contributor send whatever she/he wants


So, if you want to participate in the survey, please send me directly a
(preferably) brief reponse with the number of your choice.

Ian McHaffie
xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx

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