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Re: OT: reply styles, family matters

On Wed, 2 Dec 2015, Mart van de Wege wrote:

It may be that inline replies are associated with the practice of 'fisking' [...]

Yes. I stumbled into that mental association some time around 3:30am ET, at which ungodly hour thoughts of fisking seem to rise of their own accord. <g>

[...] which in conservative circles is interleaving derogative comments with the target of derision's original content (usually a blog post).

My inner conservative wants to ask, "Are not liberals smart enough to fisk each other's written work?"

My inner liberal wants to ask, "Why are conservatives such a picky, fussy, argumentative bunch?

I believe most fisking is done by conservatives, but much of that activity, and certainly the best of it, is aimed at their conservative comrade's work.

If the only time you see interleaved comments is in 'fisked' pieces, then I could understand not feeling comfortable when someone does that in an email reply.

Yes, point well taken.

Bob Bernstein

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