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st: Please edit postings

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Please edit postings
Date   Fri, 1 Sep 2006 19:45:08 +0100

Today's grouchy reminder of good practice from the FAQ is 

"Edit mail so that readers see easily what the issue is 
and what your contribution is. Please do not re-post the 
whole of a very long message together with your one-sentence 
tidbit. Your mailer may have a facility to select a block 
of text and then reply quoting only that text."

I've just seen a posting that ended with _seven_ 
copies of the standard Statalist footer 

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Now people who do this mostly add their comments 
at the top, so that you can read down as far as 
interested, and (usually) then delete, which is fair enough, 
but there is a downside too. 

Please remember: 

1. Most people getting Statalist get the daily digest. 
Within all this extra stuff they have to wade through 
a lot of unnecessary garbage. 

2. Not everyone has multi-gigabyte postboxes. 

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