Shoe pounding

Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Thu May 13 10:02:17 UTC 2010

Interestingly I've been sternly lectured about the inappropriateness of bottom-posting ('Don't you know it's a violation of netiquette?'). I agree we should be more careful about mindlessly 'replying', and perhaps resist the one-line zingers, at least to some extent. But, on the other hand, years of time spent together (as this list represents) make such restraint somewhat difficult.


Geoffrey S. Nathan
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and Associate Professor, Linguistics Program
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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
> Subject:      Re: Shoe pounding
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> On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 07:01:42AM +0000, ronbutters at AOL.COM wrote:
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> >  Couldn't the list owner set ADS-L to cut off messages
> > longer than, say, 100 lines? That would create a problem for
> > bottom feeders, but they are declining in number because
> > top+posting appears to be the default mechanism for most
> > e-mail systems.
> It would create a bigger problem in that there are a very
> large number of messages here that legitimately exceed 100
> lines.
> It would be better if we could get people to bottom-post and
> to appropriately edit their responses, but I highly doubt we'd
> be able to successfully manage this.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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