Re: transparent aluminum

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Mon Feb 25 2002 - 10:20:26 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> Doug Jones wrote:
> > While I'm being cranky, I also dislike cutsie writing without capital
> > letters. e. e. cummings was clever and innovative, anyone else is
> > either too damn lazy to punctuate, or is trying waaay too hard to be
> > "artistic". It's childish and derivative. Doug Jones, Rocket Plumber
> > Tilting at windmills again
> ...Except when emailing a person privately. All lower case is a reminder
> to the person that this is a personal offlist reply, in which case the
> non-standard use of capitalization carries meaning. It helps prevent
> someone from accidentally posting your personal note to a list.
> Or if you accidentally post a personal note to a public list, the
> fact that it is all lower case indicates your intention. spike

First I've heard of that convention- the trouble is, I've seen a lot of
people who simply use lower case all the time. When I reply offlist, I
often put [offlist reply] at the top of the message. If informing
friends about goings-on at work that I really don't want broadcast, I
make a note to that effect.

Engineers always come up with the most prosaic, inartistic communication
protocols ;)


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