Re: Re Netiquette 80

Bryan Moss (
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 15:58:13 +0100

Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> I was going to stay out of this discussion, but now I'm told that I'm not
> properly formatting my emails!
> What nonsense. I have no control over how emails are formatted once they
> get to someone else's system--the receiver can control that. All of my
> settings are set to default. When my emails come back to me, they look
> the same as when I sent them--normal, short paragraph style.

Sometimes I get mail from you (like this one) that is set to 80 chars per line and has "Kathryn Aegis" as the name and sometimes I get mail that has no max chars and doesn't have the name field set. Are you using two different machines/OS's/mail programs to send e-mail? If so, one of them is set up and the other is not. Not having a max number of chars set mostly causes little problems (for instance with MS Outlook you have to alter the quotes) but with some mail programs it can cause bigger, nastier problems. Chaging some settings on your end could free-up whole seconds of extra time that list members could dedicate to helping orphans. You wouldn't want the orphans to miss Christmas this year would you?