2003-10-10 01:10:37 UTC
Notice that vast amounts of text from the previous post is not
There was recently a ridiculous squabble
as to whether it was proper to add you comment above or below the
The answer is NEITHER.
That newsreader software, as a convenience to its user,
blockquotes the whole damned previous post is a major source of the
It doesn't take into account those fools who don't know enough
to edit the blockquote to the minimal snip
(often the new post doesn't need ANY snip.
Most folks who post to newsgroups have never seen a set of rules
(and many others generally choose to ignore them when displayed).
Those who visit _good_ BBSs (bulletin board systems)
have likely seen the proper technique.