[fosscomm] email format (was

Guru गुरु guru at itforchange.net
Wed Jul 15 03:12:57 PDT 2009

Dear Kenneth

It has not been so agreed.

In fact the first time you gave this suggestion to a posting of VidA, 
she responded saying she did not agree. I quote that conversation below:

Your email:
 > > On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 09:06, Kenneth Gonsalves <lawgon at au-kbc.org> 
 >> > >
 >> > > it is sufficient to give the link with maybe a couple of 
sentences describing
 >> > > the link - there is no need to give both the link and the 
content. I think all
 >> > > of us are capable of clicking on the link if so inclined.

Response from VidA:
On Mon, 2009-05-04 at 11:04 +0530, VidA wrote:

 > > Are you speaking for yourself or the group? Frankly, a lot less of the
 > > pedantic condescending tone (as is wont on most (Indian) Lug lists)
 > > would be most welcome. Thanks.
 > > || Vid || http://www.svaksha.com ||

Subsequently Sunil and I wrote, in substance agreeing with VidA. And in 
your last word on this issue, you said "anyway, lets close this here as 
the majority sentiment is in favour of such posts, so I won't object in 

I am sure there are good reasons for 'posting format' rules like top 
line posting, news along with link, snip etc etc. for more efficient 
communication etc. However these are not universal rules that govern 
mailing lists.

Since one basic purpose of setting up FOSSCOMM is to extend the support 
for FOSS to other groups, including people and organizations not 
necessarily tech-savvy, I would propose that we be extremely relaxed on 
emails - both in terms of actual format etc (I find it convenient to 
have the information with the link so that I need not click on the link 
and I favor posting over top of the mail that I am responding to) as 
well as the substance of the mail (so long as it connects to FOSS). This 
will help in getting more participation from new comers to the group and 
the list and expanding/strengthening FOSSCOMM. I know I have said the 
same thing many times earlier and apologise for the repetition.

Hence I request our more disciplined friends to put up with the 'lax' 
methods of some of us in the interests of inclusion and try to avoid 
suggesting formal posting rules etc.

thanks and regards,

Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
> On Wednesday 15 Jul 2009 11:10:23 am Venkatesh Hariharan wrote:
>> http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report_members-irked-with-nasscom-over_127408
>> 6
>> Members irked with Nasscom
> I thought it was agreed that posts quoting news items should give a link with 
> a brief description - not to give the link and also cut and paste ad verbatim.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
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