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Re: Quoting style

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Quoting style
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:20:12 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Ted Zlatanov <> writes:

> On Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:18:15 +0300 Teemu Likonen <> wrote: 
> TL> On 2009-09-14 10:55 (-0500), Ted Zlatanov wrote:
>>> On Sat, 12 Sep 2009 05:59:03 +0200 Slackrat <> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> Would you be willing to share your method of getting the poster's
>>>> initials to preceed the quotted texf as per above?
>>> Supercite will do it. It looks bad in Outlook and web interfaces,
>>> though, so choose your audience carefully.
> TL> A minor rant: I think nobody should use Supercite and its "TL> " or
> TL> "Teemu> " quoting. 
> OK.
> TL> As everybody knows the de facto standard is "> " (with nesting) and
> TL> it's the most widely supported style. People are used to read nestes
> TL> >'s so it's the easiest style to read and understand. If you
> TL> (general "you") want to write messages for other people (not just
> TL> for yourself or for other limited audience) then please use the
> TL> standard and forget about all weird custom stuff.
> TL> There are some groups of people who tend to use bad quotations:
> TL> Microsoft Outlook users, Gmail users, Emacs Rmail and Supercite users.
> On Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:28:39 +0200 Richard Riley <> 
> wrote: 
> RR> Agreed 100%. Some usenet groups have become almost unreadable because of
> RR> "custom" indent or indent not being used at all. Some MS SW users dont
> RR> indent at all and just followup after a "-------" seperator or often
> RR> nothing at all. Truly horrible.
> RR> While freedom and choice is good, making it too easy for people to break
> RR> standards using something like gnus is not a good way forward IMO.
> Sorry, but we'll have to disagree.  Feel free to use any prefix you
> like, but I find the person's initials valuable as a quoting prefix,
> especially in reply to multiple posts as you see above.  Also, if by "de
> facto" you mean "used by the majority," top-quoting Outlook-style is the
> de facto standard.
> Ted

With all due respect, not on usenet it isn't. In emails it is.

Although initials prior to the ">", annoying as I do find them :-;, are
much preferential to zero quoting or top posting!

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