[kde-linux] kmail - turn off html?

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Thu Dec 31 22:23:38 UTC 2009

Anne Wilson posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:58:21 +0000 as excerpted:

> Basically, if  you want to maximise your chances of getting help, you
> will respect the wishes of the community.  And please do not assume that
> since you know of no good reason for a decision, that means that no such
> reason exists.

Well stated.

Sure, one can format their messages as they wish (within the RFCs, of 
course), but just as they can post as they wish, the reader has an 
absolute right (by that I mean, no explanation or reason need be given) 
to killfile as they wish -- it's their time and their volunteering to 
read and answer, after all.  The two balance each other out.

In most cases, someone original-posting here has a question they want 
read and considered by the greatest number of people with potential 
answers -- or they'd not be posting here in the first place.  It's simply 
counter-productive to choose a format that is known to be offensive to 
many in that target audience, since by definition, due to the "absolute 
right to killfile" as described above, that will reduce the exposure, 
very possibly causing the message to be unread or simply unreplied due to 
the hassle involved, by the very person that would have otherwise had the 
answer to fix the problem!

Remember, people volunteering their time and energy to read and respond 
to messages here have a whole /world/ and a whole /Internet/ of other 
things they could be doing, instead.  Given that, intentionally reducing 
their motivation for such a response, or the priority thereof, would seem 
to be counter-productive to the whole reason one bothered to post here in 
the first place.

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master."  Richard Stallman

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