Re: Netiquette (was: Is it at all possible?)

Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:20:08 +0100
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> 2017-02-20 15:09 GMT+01:00 <>:
> While you certainly added noise, I believe you forgot to add any signal to those reposted messages, didn't you?

> On 2017-02-20, at 15:11, Bo Herrmannsen <> wrote:
> Well i tried to reduce noise in another thread :-D

The last time I checked adding noise was hardly reducing it, unless you add the very same but shift its phase 180 deg. I think Bose, Plantronics and a few others do it already better than anyone of us can :-P

> Sadly i'm not good at magic so the noise just turned up somewhere else :-/

Of course you may elect not to follow those simple points but - as you were already suggested - it is worth to consider differences between what other people expect when using web forums or twitter or dozens of "chat" applications and a closed mailing list. The audience of the latter is usually more conservative and appreciates observing at least:

- bottom-posting. At least as long as it is feasible (and with desktop clients it always is)

- cutting the quotes to what remains important

- condensing your thoughts and posting one slightly longer post with articulated points/observations/questions instead of multiple ones, whenever only a new thought pops up, which doesn't really add much if anything.

There is also an old way of changing the subject of the thread, which doesn't violate the above. You may notice it above ;-) Use it when you can add something to the discussion yet feel that the discussion drifted too far from the original subject.

P. S. Obviously nobody's perfect (with one exception, and no - I am not religious person ;-) and e. g. /me may be guilty of violating some of those occasionally too.


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