Shoe pounding

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Fri May 14 06:17:45 UTC 2010

From:    Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
> On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 07:01:42AM +0000, ronbutters at AOL.COM wrote:

>> 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.

Back when i was a frequent USENET poster, i participated in a
moderated newsgroup that required more lines of original text than
quoted text for every post (with an exception for posts of 20 lines or
shorter, "to encourage pithy one-liners"). Perhaps something along
those lines?


Very truly yours,
David Bowie (who USENET taught to trim quoted text, and mark the

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