Response format

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:12:51 PDT
Dear Ellen and Jim,

There are 237 members who receive this list in digest form. As many 
of them have said repeatedly, reading messages when the whole 
previous message is included is tedious, challenging, difficult. You 
have so much to sort through to try to find the new responses. If 
there are a lot of old messages, it is tempting just to hit delete 
and not even try. They would like members of this list only to 
include a small portion of the message or none at all. It's a matter 
of common courtesy in my mind to attempt to make it easier for them 
to read the messages from this list. It's much easier for people not 
to include the message than it is to read through a mess of messages 
with previous messages (sometimes several if a person has hit reply 
and included the whole previous message that included another 
previous message.)  On those days when there are a lot of messages, 
hitting reply to a digest that included all of the previous digest, 
automatically generates a new digest. Neither of you get the digest 
so it is easy for you to read the first part of the message and 
ignore the rest so you may not fully appreciate what a pain it is. If 
it is too hard for you to delete the previous message, instead of 
hitting reply, you could hit the link that accompanies every pbs 
message that automatically starts a new message and then just add the 
appropriate subject heading.

I understand that occasionally people are in a hurry and will hit 
reply without deleting the message. But there are some members of our 
list in spite of my private requests not to do this, that would 
really make a lot of people very happy if they changed their ways. :-)

Mary Sue
unsuccessful cat herder, aka pbs list administrator

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