[thechat] Wrapping text?

Garrett Coakley garrett at polytechnic.co.uk
Wed Jul 10 11:00:01 CDT 2002

On Wed, 10 Jul 2002 11:09:54 -0400 "Plunkett, Matt" <MPlunkett at MSA.com>

> Am I overlooking some complexity here?
> Why not improve the interface on the web archives instead of asking
> everyone to change their mail habits?

Because it's considered polite when taking part in an email list to
abide by the general rules of the community and the netiquette
guidelines that have evolved over time.

Also you have to remember, that just like the web, you do not know what
kind of client the viewer of your message is using. It could be Outlook,
it could be mutt, it could be any number of mail clients inbetween, and
not all of them handle long lines the same way. Having a base standard
ensures that no-one gets left behind.

RFC1855 has some further information:

Matt Haughey has written an excellent article about mailing list

Jeremy Reed also has a good primer:

G. "Resident evolt.org netiquette nazi"

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