Re: Trim Your Tails
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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:34:20 -0700 (PDT)
> May I suggest that there are pros and cons to trimming and not trimming
> "tails?" I, for one, prefer that the "tails" in a particular thread of
> interrelated posts be retained. This permits one to understand the
> current post in context without having to search for the post(s)

John, "trimming" normally refers to removing most of the post you're
replying to and leaving only enough for context. Usually you'll retain
anything you're actually replying to and possibly the introduction or
conclusion. The idea is to make it read naturally without making
people read too much quoted text.

What's being complained about is people including the entire post they're
replying to, especially when that post is large. For someone receiving the
digest form of the list that results in them getting a digest that
consists almost entirely of repeated quotes of the same material, often
with only one or two lines of new material. Which both defats the point of
a digest and makes it very hard to actually find the new material.


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