Fri, Oct 12, 2007, 8:24pm (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@gmail-dot-.com (LRod) doth
The "first ones 20 years ago" was from my post. He doesn't know how to
set webtv to identify quotes. I've fixed that in this one to what it is
supposed to look like. <snip>
Pardon? "I" don't know how to quote? OK, this is your quote of
what I wrote when I quoted "you":
J T wrote:
Tue, Oct 9, 2007, 2:20am (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@gmail-dot-.com (LRod) did
I moved on the instant I saw the glue up with the QuickGrips on it. He
asserts you can get greater pressure with them than K-Bodies? Please.
I bought my first QuickGrips probably 20 years ago. <snip of the rest>
I quoted "you", who said "you" bought about 20 years ago. Looks
clear to me. Also, looks to me like he read it wrong. I'll keep on
quoting the same way I have for the last 10 or so years.
"I'm an Igor, thur. We don't athk quethtionth."
"Really? Why not?"
"I don't know, thur. I didn't athk."
On Fri, 12 Oct 2007 18:54:23 -0400, email@example.com (J T)
Then you'll keep doing it wrong. It's not just a matter of including
the text (which admittedly is quoting the poster). It's also a matter
of making it clear who's doing the talking. That's what the "quoted
text markers" are for. They might be > or : They indicate quoted text,
but they also have to reflect the level of quote, and do that by
placing two for a quote of a quote. or three for a quote of a quote of
In your example above everything from "Fri, Oct 12, 2007, 8:24pm " to
"quoting the same way I have " is preceded by a single >. That
indicates to newsreaders that all 18 lines (in my reader) were uttered
by the same author. In fact, the text beginning with "The "first ones
20 years ago" and ending with "supposed to look like" is my work, and
should have been preceded in your post by a > or : which would have
made them a >> or :: in this reply.
In your post that text isn't. Consequently, it looks to readers as if
you wrote the whole post, and clearly you didn't. He didn't read it
wrong. You posted it wrong.
There are settings in news readers which do that automatically. I
figured out 10 (or so) years ago what they meant and how to do it.
It's marginally acceptable for you to continue to do it the way you're
doing, so long as you don't mind expecting others to do your work for
you. Say, isn't that why you get so upset with people asking where to
You're doing exactly the same thing to us. Next time you go off on
someone for asking where to find something I'm going to remind you
that by your standards it's okay if they keep on asking the same way
they have for the last 10 (or so) years. See how you like it.
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