Keep it short

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Fri Dec 5 19:23:21 UTC 2008

2008/12/5 Steven Vollom <stevenvollom at>:
> Arnaud bourree wrote:
>> +1
>> 2008/12/5 Wendell Cochran <atrypa at <mailto:atrypa at>>
>>     Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:51:02 -0500
>>     From: Steven Vollom <stevenvollom at
>>     <mailto: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
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> I am sorry, I will try.

I am quoting in full because the content was so funny.

Steven, you quoted almost 40 lines to answer a one line post asking
you to trim your quotes. Try harder! I see that you are using
Thunderbird, a mail client that does not hide the full text of
replies. So you can plainly see what you are quoting. Trim it!

You might also want to look into Kmail, which lets one highlight the
parts of messages that he wants to quote. Kmail really is a great
email client.

Dotan Cohen


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