Keep it short

Steven Vollom stevenvollom at
Fri Dec 5 18:57:52 UTC 2008

Wendell Cochran wrote:
> Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:51:02 -0500
> From: Steven Vollom <stevenvollom at>
> Subject: Re: Kmail and Yahoo (was Re: konqueror search engines)
> Steve, I realize that time is short & that you have much to do.
> And I dislike adding to your burden, but:
> Please trim your posts.
> In the one cited above, more than 150 lines -- six full screens! -- 
> could have been omitted without loss.
> Trimming will give you practice in using an editor.  (I recommend vi.)
> Trimming forces review of the topic & discussion thereof.  
> Short posts attract readers; long posts encourage them to skip on to
> the next thing.  (We're all in hurry.)  
> In short, brevity will help others help you.
> Wendell Cochran
> West Seattle
I will try, Wendle.  Something has happened to my computer right now and 
I am having difficulty just making it work at all.  I am having 
difficulty adding or removing anything.  My mouse is sluggish and 
doesn't always work.  I am using the arrow keys to move the cursor 
during the writing of this email.

So that I understand, do you mean when a post gets a lot of response 
back and forth, do you want me to erase the answered portions and only 
return current active questions and answers, or do you mean reword what 
I say?

Someone included a recommendation for installation of a tool that 
organized back and forth conversation with verticle colored lines that 
helped keep track of who was saying what.  I can remove that, however, I 
don't remember where I got it or what it is called.  But I will remove 
it is that will help.

I have an urgent need for my computer to work right now, and it is 
acting very strange, so I have an active post that is a little large, 
but I don't know how to shorten it.  Whatever vi is, I don't think I can 
install it right now, because of the way the computer is behaving.


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