Mail etiquette (was: What is this mean by this term)

Gerard Seibert gerard at
Fri Jan 19 16:34:07 UTC 2007

On Friday January 19, 2007 at 10:21:24 (AM) Ceri Davies wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 09:42:54AM +1030, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> > I think the biggest problem with Microsoft MUAs is not where they
> > position the cursor, but the difficulty they cause in editing the
> > text.  My editor also positions the cursor at the very top when I
> > reply to a message.  But it also makes it possible to tidy things up.
> To be fair to Microsoft (or perhaps this makes it even worse), their Mac
> development team clearly understand this, as Entourage (the Mac
> equivalent of Outlook) doesn't do any of the tens of stupid things that
> Outlook does.

Actually, the MS Live Beta version can be configured to place the cursor
at the end when replying. 

> > "Top posting" is only one issue.  Others of great importance are
> > trimming your posts, not breaking the lines into tiny fragments, and
> > not writing one-line paragraphs.  Your .sig is a good example of
> > things that people should remove from replies.

No one needs a 10+ line signature. Perhaps they are compromising for
other shortcomings.
> When they are correctly formatted (line-feed,hyphen,hyphen,space), good
> MUAs can do this automatically.

I think the problem can be more readily attributed to the theory of


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