Re: NANFA-L-- email list guidelines?

Peter Unmack (peter.lists at)
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 17:07:53 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005, Derek Parr wrote:

> I think we may be getting heavily into the personal tastes arena..
> Because, even though I may be the only one, I actually prefer having the
> whole thread included.

That's fine for those people who get individual messages, but the digest
is all of those messages concatenated together, thus for every comment
someone sends to list you have to scroll through the whole entire thread
everytime to get to the next message which can get difficult to follow.

And to clarify one thing, I didn't state this was the rule, this is just
common nettiquette. If one chooses not to do it then so be it, you aren't
going to be tossed off the list or anything, it just makes life a little
easier for some of the other folks on the list. And with most things,
there are pros and cons to every approach. Sometimes it is nice to have
the entire thread there if you come into the thread late in the game.

> as for the html email bit.. I 100% agree, but some email programs are
> limited in their abilities to do "normal" text email,

There are no programs that are limited to only html emails, all can be
configured to send plain text emails.

> and of course the fact that many people aren't as interested as you or
> me in becoming email experts. ;]

Which is why it can never be enforced as a rule as it is impossible to
ever get everyone doing the same (or similar) thing. But the more people
that do follow the guidelines make it easier on some of the other folks
who only get digests.

Peter Unmack
Canadian River, Oklahoma

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