[OT] Re: Quoting the list

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Feb 1 14:25:25 EST 2005


On Tue, 1 Feb 2005, Richard Gaskin wrote:
 >> A lot of email clients are set up by default to put the entire
 >> message quoted below the new reply.  Mine is too.

Judy Perry wrote:
 > Mine does too (PINE).  Manual rearrangement is not trivial.

Precisely.

Readability takes effort, and thereby reduces noise.

-- 
  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Media Corporation
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  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com       http://www.FourthWorld.com


DISCLAIMER: One of my favorite waste of bandwidth are corporate lawyers 
so insecure about their job security that they feel they must invent 
novel ways to inject themselves throughout an organization.  In recent 
years we've seen this in the form of lengthy disclaimers that counsel 
advises management must be added to all outgoing mail.  I'm no legal 
expert, so never having seen any lawsuit brought to a screeshing halt 
when the lawyer enters the courtroom shouting "Ah! But your honor, I 
have this email disclaimer!" may not mean it's entirely stupid.  But it 
does seem unlikely, from any generic logical sense, that the silliness 
in the wording of such disclaimers would have any practical benefit to 
anyone but comedy writers.  Most such disclaimers basically say that 
when an employee chooses to send nuclear secrets in open email, the 
responsibility for the management of that information falls not on the 
employee but on the unwitting recipient.  No, really.  Read them, 
they're pretty funny.  Admittedly, in American courts nearly anything is 
possible, but if only for a good chuckle I would love to read the court 
transcript for the precendent-setting case presumably giving rise to 
this trend in which such a bizarre position was actually supported by a 
court.  That is, if there is one.


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