File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 264

Date:         Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:40:33 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.274 why brevity?
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 274.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:31:54 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Re: 22.271 a plea for brevity in signatures

     Why?  Why have short signatures?  Certainly our computing power is
adequate to the task of sending a few extra lines of text without
overloading the Internet.  If that were a problem, then worse would be
the failure to trim the attached message thread being replied to.
Actually, I get annoyed when I want to contact someone by regular mail
or telephone and none of their archived messages provide the necessary
information, the signature block being omitted or unnecessarily brief.
Since it's being added automatically, I don't view it as some labor of
self-love, but rather an introduction, or a courtesy to those who might
wish to contact me.  Far worse are messages signed simply "John," with
an email address reading something like, leaving me
wondering who they are.  I guess we each have our pet peeves.  How about
a little flash music video "signature" that starts playing when the
message is opened?


Bill Barrow

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