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Re: OT: reply styles, family matters

On Tuesday 01 December 2015 08:54:27 Mart van de Wege wrote:
> Bob Bernstein <poobah@ruptured-duck.com> writes:
> > "Please don't respond line by line. It is patronizing and
> > annoying."
> >
> > I have acquired over the years a habit of carefully quoting and
> > replying to those quoted snippets. But it rubs some in my family the
> > wrong way. They don't see it as part and parcel of effective
> > communication, or as, at bottom, simply good netiquette. They feel
> > talked down to. My nephew's father had the same problem with me years
> > ago but I think I have brought him around over time so that he no
> > longer "takes it personal."
> >
> > With that as background, here is my question/request: is anyone aware
> > of a spirited defence of our ideal method of "selective quoting," (for
> > lack of a better label) one, say, that perhaps has achieved the status
> > of a "net classic?" Surely some 'net genius has dealt these
> > nay-sayers, who seem to LIKE top-posting, a solid uppercut?
> Why not do your correspondents the courtesy of replying in the style
> *they* want?

That's fine, so long as you are not required to reply.  And so long as you 
don't want the discussion to remain vaguely on track.


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