Response format

Diane Whitehead
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:39:30 PDT
The problem isn't with a short previous message, or a snippet of it.   
Both of these are useful, particularly if someone has just come back  
from holiday and is responding to a thread from a couple of weeks ago.

For me, there are two problems, one of length and the other of  

The first is when someone who gets the digest (a whole day's worth of  
messages) includes all those messages in a reply.  Those digest  
messages themselves can each be lengthy if several people have also  
done the same.  There is a limit to the size of messages that PBS is  
set up to receive, and ones that are too long get caught by our  
filters and are not distributed to members.

The second is confusing.  A few people include the whole message, but  
put their very short reply way down at the bottom.  Since I expect the  
new information at the top of the message, I assume they haven't  
replied at all, and have hit "reply" too soon.

Diane Whitehead

On 24-Aug-10, at 11:56 AM, J.E. Shields wrote:

> As usual, I find myself agreeing with Ellen.
> I often (not always) appreciate seeing the message being replied too  
> along with the new reply.

>  Personally, I find it helpful to be able to glance at the old  
> message and refresh my memory as to what the thread's about - but if  
> I don't need to, I don't, and no hard feelings towards the poor  
> idiot who sent it. :-)
>> Ellen

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