RE: META: Quote lengths?

From: denis bider (
Date: Sun Feb 04 2001 - 11:06:11 MST

Amara Graps writes:

> It seems that 1/2 of my daily Extropians digest is quotes
> attributed by others. Is it really necessary?
> J.M. is particulary good at writing a few lines response to a page
> or more of quoted text.
> Sorry to bitch about it, but it's not a trivial issue since I pay for
> email time downloads over my modem (it adds up).

Sounds like ol' 1991 when we had 2400 bps modems. I don't know what kind of
setup you have, but it sure sounds like 300 bps and $5 per minute...

I would prefer to let people quote as much as they like to; it's much easier
to read randomly selected messages that way. Also, I think that forcing
people to abide by some not-that-easily-enforcable quoting rule so that
someone somewhere can save 10 seconds of download time is... inappropriate,
at best.

Also, I very much doubt that anyone's download times will change that
drastically even if you forced everyone at gunpoint to quote "correctly". [I
can already hear it: "You shall not quote ze hole message! If you quote ze
hole message, you vill be shot!"... :-) ]

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