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On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 10:02 AM, Matt Danda <mdanda -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> I just saw what appeared to be an interesting conversation on techwr-l,
> but since I subscribe to the Digest form, it was very difficult to follow
> due to the ridiculous number of extraneous lines appended to the bottom of
> each post. For example, let's say someone posts a two-sentence reply. That
> post gets dozens of extra lines (i.e., lines that begin with ">") appended
> to it. As more people chime in to the conversation, there can be hundreds
> (I'm guessing--I didn't count--but it feels like hundreds) of extra lines
> inserted between each tiny nugget of real conversation. It is painful to
> scroll through.
> Also, for some weird technical reason, some messages get wonderful "?"
> characters added somewhat randomly in the message. What gives?
> I suggest the following solutions:-A human could edit the digest form,
> deleting extraneous lines and fixing the "?" character issue. I find this
> reasonable because, let's face it, it's not that many per day.
> -A script could delete all lines that begin with ">".
> I like this group, and I like digests. I just wish it wasn't so painful to
> follow the discussions.
You're better off being in non-digest mode and managing the individual
emails through some sort of label or filter or agent in your email client
to automatically segregate them in some way, e.g, in a folder that contains
only list messages, than being in digest mode. Just my two cents.
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