What I'm about to say is one of those things that those of us who don't do
digests never consider. (I'm as guilty as the rest of you; though I try.)
It is VERY important that people create a personal practice of limiting the
quoted material in their responses to ONLY those elements that are required.
It is seldom that you need the whole piece to give context to. If you do
feel that you need context in your threads in personal reading, then I
suggest you get a g-mail account or other e-mail vendor/service that does a
better job of historical threading than you current use.
1. type "re: [point] by [poster]", where [point] is your quick summarized
understanding of hte point you want to make as a section head for each
section you want to right about.
2. use the standard ">" for including quotes, but edit what you need from
what you don't need. Personally, I find that this works for 1-2 levels deep,
but becomes hard to follow anyway on the 3rd or more back and forth.
I'd like to encourage people to be sensitive of our several hundred digest
users on this list and really try hard to follow this guideline.
On the flip side, digest users have to be sure that their subject lines
don't say "digest volume/number ..." and that they put the relevant subject
line in its place. I have also seen digest users quote their entire digest
in a message a couple of times as well.
Anyway, I hope this end of summer message finds everyone well.