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Date:      Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:38:19 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <>
Subject:   Re: OT: Mailing List Etiquette was freebsd vs. netbsd
Message-ID:  <20200616183819.03c50ff6@archlinux>
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On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:20:59 -0500, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>This my message is definitely not intended as a reply to anybody's=20
>statement. It is just a plain observation what this thread looks like
>to me. But first: the meaning of the word appearing in the thread
>title: Etiquette
>Etiquette (/=CB=88=C9=9Bt=C9=AAk=C9=9Bt/ and /=CB=88=C9=9Bt=C9=AAk=C9=AAt/=
; French: [e.ti.k=C9=9Bt]) is the set of=20
>conventional rules of personal behaviour in polite society...
>- taken from this wikipedia page:
>Now I came to my observation: rather noticeable portion of messages in=20
>this thread are far from being polite in my observation. I know, the=20
>polemics could be like that, but my observation is what it is, take it=20
>or leave it.

I don't follow this thread anymore.

Actually nobody is against deviations, as long as the mails are
readable. I never heard anybody complaining about "UTF-8" 8bit encoded
mails I send to mailing lists. Even mails from other subscribers that
sometimes are base64 encoded or multi-part mails containing HTML are

There's a lot of tolerance for all kind of oddities, even top-posting
and reverse quoting a complete digests, by a complete digest, by a
complete digest.

However, for good reasons we provide hints how to format mails to a
mailing list, when ever possible, to make participation pleasant for the
majority of subscribers.

On all mailing lists is a very loud minority explaining why Outlook
style or what ever else is considered modern, is the standard for the
majority of the world. Everybody is free to communicate with the
majority of the world and send BSD or Linux related requests to
this majority. Subscribers may reckon that a lot of other subscribers of
mailing lists simply stop reading mails or even block addresses of the
loud minority.

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