OT: abuse of the '@' sign

Matthias Apitz guru at unixarea.de
Sun Dec 29 15:17:47 UTC 2013

El día Sunday, December 29, 2013 a las 04:05:50PM +0100, Fernando Apesteguía escribió:

> > > I had tested what @Polytroop said ...
> >
> > What the construct '@Polytroop said' should express exactly?
> This is probably an example of misuse of @.
> In general, @joe equals "to Joe:" I've used it this way but I can't find
> any references about it.

I do understand what 'Polytroop at host.foo' means: the user Polytroop at
host / zone 'host.foo' (we have used this for many years in e-mail, after
having used with UUCP 'host.foo!Polytroop').

I do read, understand, but do not use because I find it unpolitely, the
construct '@Polytroop:' in the meaning you say 'to Polytroop:'.

IMHO the '@' sign should only be used for the expresion
'Polytroop at host.foo'


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