Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 43, Issue 6

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 43, Issue 6
From: Fox Cole <foxcole -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 08:44:01 -0500

I just discovered this morning that apparently there is a limit to the
length of messages the standard view of Gmail will display.

In this morning's digest (vol 43, issue 6) two people accidentally quoted
the entire previous digest when responding to messages. (That's all too easy
to do in e-mail apps such as Gmail, where the quoted material might be
rolled up into a link at the bottom of the reply, or in cellphone apps where
sometimes the sender has to specifically de-select quoting; I've made that
mistake once or twice.) Gmail cut off the digest in the middle of message 7,
so I had to switch to plain HTML view to see the rest of the messages.

Scrolling past the advertising lines (as someone recently asked about) gets
to be a bit much in itself, especially if those are included in quoted
content; but on a small display, scrolling past entire digests to get to the
next message takes quite a long time. Of course, the second time through I
already knew the next unread message number, so I just ran a "find" to skip
all the extraneous stuff.

A little while ago, I had sent a request to the list owner pleading for a
little friendly reminder about trimming quotes, but never received a
response, either directly to my message or indirectly by posting to the

So I'll beg you personally: please, try to be kind to people with wee
screens, and only quote the specific text relevant to your comments. (And,
hey, you'll be going green! Think of all the battery juice you'd conserve!)


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