Re: Dumb question

From: Matt Gingell (
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 21:19:40 MDT

On Thu, 03 Aug 2000, Mark D. Fulwiler wrote:
>What is the best way to quote someone in your reply?

You should leave in the really stupid stuff - or at least the stuff that looks
stupid taken out of context. Snip valid arguments you have no strong retort
to. Keep the analogies - there's no analogy that can't be reduced to absurdity
if you focus on the details or interpret it literally. Keep all the typos -
that makes the guy you're talking to look dumb. Or don't quote and just
paraphrase in pigeon English. And the keep insults - that leaves the righteous
indignation option open.

For example:

   On Thu, 03 Aug 2000, Mark D. Fulwiler wrote:
>What best way quote someone? How use mailer? Ugh. Me caveman!!!

   To which I would follow up:

   When the Singularity comes, your AI mailer will do it for you. Excelsior!

Hope this helps.


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