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[wlug] Mailing list etiquette (was Re: Sudo)

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Bnonn bnonn@o...
Tue Apr 5 11:57:38 NZST 2005

Hi Greig. I wasn't intending to debate the issue or be contrary, and as 
I said, I'm happy to send in plaintext. I was just rather curious as to 
why it was such an issue for people given the age and ubiquitousness of 

Greig McGill wrote:
> Michael Honeyfield wrote:
>  > Not only is there the plain vs html text emails, there is also the 
> way in which you post. NZOSS tries to use a post at the bottom of each 
> email, making the thread logical to read, snipping where needed if the 
> thread becomes too long.
>> This is probmatic for those that use Outlook, for example, since 
>> outlook will post to the top of the email..
>> I have a link to mailing list etiquette, but cant find it atm. 
> Oh no, don't start the top vs bottom posts flame war!
> *runs for the hills*. ;)
> To address Bnonn (nhrn): Plain text is not just "old skool".  It's the 
> only way you can be sure that what you send is what other people read.
> People spend ages making their emails look "pretty", and are horribly 
> dismayed when you show them screenshots of their mangled mail being read 
> in different mail clients.  I know, I did this to prove a point! :)
> Text only please.  It's not really up for debate.  I'm willing to 
> overlook "my mailer is a bit screwed, please don't shoot me" (I have to, 
> mine just was!), but it's well established that you just don't do that 
> when posting to lists.  We don't mind if you're not pretty with us, 
> Bnonn. ;)
> G.
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