Hi. There is a reason for not quoting the full original message. It is a
waste of bandwidth. In other words, people have to download a lot of extra
junk not at all related to the reply. There is generally no good reason to
include the same "original" message with two or three replies. In
undeveloped countries, some people still have to pay by the minute. We are
fortunate in the US because many people have broadband but many still use
dial-up. If there is a bunch of extra quoting, it can take an extra minute
or several minutes to download the waste. However, you do bring up a good
point which people have also overlooked lately. There is generally no need
for someone to just post a "I agree" message unless they have something
more substantial to add. The list headers are longer than the reply, which
also causes more waste.
I am not trying to pick on anyone here since I know many people do quote the full original message and that is now preferred by the majority. I am simply trying to explain why some people don't do it this way. When the new off topic list is created, those people can post their original messages to their heart's content with no problem, but for now if it isn't somehow related to books or bookshare, please don't post long replies with lots of overquoting here.
At 11:15 PM 5/31/2005 -0700, you wrote:
I have noticed in the short time I have been on the list that some responses are.... "I totally agree" or "I have done that" with not reference to the original post. It would be helpful to have the original post included with the post:)
Tony Baechler Maintainer, goldenaudio.net (TM) online archives http://goldenaudio.net/