I agree. So often established conventions are ignored and let go, then it becomes a mess and people say "let it go". All of a sudden people are posting with no grammar whatsoever and when they're corrected, people say "let it go". To quote an earlier poster, "for the love of f**k", please have some rules, at least regarding posting on the 'net. 


On Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM, Trent W. Buck <trentbuck@gmail.com> wrote:
Russell Coker wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:30:15 achalmers@westnet.com.au wrote:
>> You are not spending cycles on education here, this is the type of
>> (ultimately bullying) behaviour that has ruined our culture.
>
> The purpose of a list is for communication.
>
> When points are discussed clear communication requires referencing
> previous messages.  If everyone quotes messages with "> " then you
> can have several levels of quoted text and it will still be
> readable.

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1849.txt §4.3.2

   This SHOULD be done by prefacing each quoted line (even if it is
   empty) with the character ">".  This will result in multiple levels
   of ">" when quoted context itself contains quoted context.

FWIW, I found the post Russell complained about so unreadable that I
skipped it entirely.  I approve of explaining established conventions;
it's entirely appropriate.

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