[Dshield] Message posting formatting request

Neil Richardson neilr at ieee.org
Wed Oct 1 05:40:00 GMT 2003

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/me steps up to the microphone: "Um....hi.

First, my biases: I'm a relatively infrequent contributor to this
list.  And I'm not employed as a sysadmin (I only manage my home
machines), so I can only imagine how busy the majority of you guys
are.  I know you're doing a blameful / thankless job, with minimal
resources and orders of magnitude less time to do things than you're
allocated.  Please don't think I'm forgetting any of that with what
I'm about to say.

I have noticed lately (the past few weeks) that when someone posts a
long message to the list, there are quite a number of people who will
reply to the message in it's entirety and pre-pend only one or two
lines of text.  Within a day or two, the reply has the message quoted
5 levels deep--with 5 different copies of the "To change your
subscription options (or unsubscribe), see:
http://www.dshield.org/mailman/listinfo/list" signature appended.

If the new text were "post-pended", things would become annoying very
very quickly.  ("Scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll-delete.  Scroll-delete.
Scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll-delete.")  With it at
the top, reading "untrimmed" messages isn't such a big deal--but the
annoyance is compounded if you're trying to read your mail via a
wireless connection, in which case having to download a 7KB message to
read 2 new sentences and a URL becomes very unpleasant.

Maybe I'm only seeing a small number of messages and thinking it's a
bigger problem than it is.  Or maybe I'm overestimating how many
people use wireless systems that'd be impacted by something like this.
(I know old Palm VIIx's had a max throughput of 1KB/s and you paid for
wireless by the byte, so those would be impacted--though whether
businesses are still giving them to their employees, I tend to doubt.
And everything these days is orders of magnitude faster).  But if I'm
wrong about either, I apologize.  Though it seems like in this group
there'd be a high percentage of people who use wireless at least once
a day, in which case proper trimming isn't just a courtesy, it can be
a true time- and $$-saver.

Am I on to something?  (Comments welcome.)  Or am I completely out of
line?  (Please reply off-list so the thread will die faster.  :-)

- -Neil R.

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