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Re: What happened to the beloved alt.internet.search-engines?

  • Subject: Re: What happened to the beloved alt.internet.search-engines?
  • From: John Bokma <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 11 Nov 2005 21:52:50 GMT
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: Castle Amber - software development
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> __/ [John Bokma] on Friday 11 November 2005 07:43 \__

[ several replying to several people in one reply ]
> Sorry about that. Since you mentioned this, I will be more cautious
> from now on.

Apologies for uhm, talking behind your back about this. I have been 
wondering for some time if it was annoying me (and just me) or not. My 
client marks replies to my messages, and most of the time I skip the 
rest, so if you summarize in a reply to someone else, also replying to 
me, I miss it.

> I just prefer to avoid short replies like Bill's, which
> take as much time to read it it takes to open them.

Xnews -> skip quoted text :-D. Yup, while we're at it, Bill: please snip 
a bit here and there.

A short reply isn't a big deal, as long as the whole message isn't 
quoted above it.

[ SEOed titles ]
> No point in having messages with an inappropriate title. Bad for the
> user to search for SEO advice and find a discussion on socks.

Yup, but it's common, maybe even netiquette, to add (was: old subject) 
to the new subject. And not overdoing it (I rarely see it happen in 
other groups, and here I see it sometimes 10 times in the same thread). 
It can be confusing. I rather tell the OP to pick a better subject next 
time, saves time in the end.

> If the change of subject lines is quite consistent and is refelected
> by many consecutive messages, I thought it ought to be projected...
> again, thanks for pointing that out. I'll try to avoid it.

Yeah, I understand subject changes, I do that myself now and then (and 
add the (was: old subject), but several in the same thread makes it hard 
to follow.

A final tip: remove all lines that are not really needed, add a snip 
marker (or a snip marker with a hint, see below). If a post is very 
long, I often reread it, and try to snip even more lines (this one is a 
nice example)

[ dangers of paracetamol ]
>> I rarely have one, and when I do have one resting sometimes helps. If
>> not, yeah, paracetamol.
> I have no idea what path this thread has taken while I kept aside.
> *smile* 

Meds, and the dangers of them. 

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