[erlang-questions] Announcing Erlang.org Code of Conduct

Tuncer Ayaz <>
Tue Mar 24 12:20:01 CET 2015


On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 1:45 AM, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
> There is top posting where the quoted material
> has been carefully pruned to just the relevant bits.
>
> And there is top posting where the entire previous
> message has been included without thought, and I have
> to trawl carefully through it to see if I have missed
> some added material.  I imagine it is that kind of
> post that has given top posting a bad name.
>
> "What is written without effort is in general
> read without pleasure." -- Samuel Johnson.

I agree, but the least useful quoting that hasn't been mentioned yet
is when someone responds to a previous message, but quotes nothing.
This may be due to being used to bulletin board or forum systems with
a universal client and, because email has no single unified client
experience, it's up to the message author to do some
editing/formatting that could mostly be handled by a computer. If the
computer had the right kind of complete information to make
unquestionably correct decisions, that could work, but current email
clients differ in too many ways. To name one problem, there will
always be that one email client ignoring In-Reply-To and breaking
threading for everyone.


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