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- Subject: Suggestion for ground rules when responding to posts
- From: "wish" <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
- Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 12:59:06 -0800
John Cannon Jones was improperly accused of comments which he did not make. The problem stems from the manner in which we respond to these posts. Here are some tips that will help separate conversations. 1. If you have the ability to set your email reader to accept MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) format you will be able to have more control over the messages that you send and receive. MIME format allows you to format messages with different fonts, colors, backgrounds lines and pictures. For more information related to MIME compatiblity or if you simply want to know what your are missing check out: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/text/faq/usenet/mail/mime-faq/top.html and the related links. MIME is not a Microsoft product - although it is supported by Internet Explorer and I believe Netscape. I am under the impression that MIME documents are also supported by AOL, GNN, CompuServe and Microsofts service. When in doubt, please contact your service provider. BTW, MIME versions are available for Unix, MS-DOS, Macintosh, and Amiga platforms. There are some other advantages to using MIME format. Although we have not transfered graphics, JPG images don't require a lot of space or time to download. I received a mime message from a friend in Chicago that showed him on a full page JPG graphic on his beloved motorcycle. His message took a couple of seconds longer than my other list messages to receive. We might consider the use of graphics when necessary to better understand an issue on the list. 2. Leave spaces between text that is copied over from past posts and your responses (especially when you are embedding your responses into someone elses text. Preface your response with some indicator that the speaker has changed. --------------------------------------------- John stated "...................................." _________________________ My feelings are quite different, however........ ----------------------------------------------- John went on to state "........................." This allows the user to differentiate text when insertions are made. The use of identifiers at the begining of a line can become confusing in third generation responses Subject: Re: Re: Things we like to say >I feel very strongly on this subject. >> But he doesn't really understand the issues >>> or the alternatives.... Following the format of inserting lines, changes in text color, size and boldness (MIME) will help to assert information without possibly crediting the wrong author. 3. Remove extraneous text that is not necessary to validate your argument or post. I am as much to fault as the rest of you in this one. It is easier to respond above an entire message than omit those portions of text that are not valid in our reply. Take the time to edit your posts and you will help us all save hard drive space (my build up of email and post messages that I save is now over 30 megs of disk space). Finally, if anyone has suggestions that will provide better ground rules on this list, please throw them out for discussion. Thanks Dennis Wish PE
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