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Message no. 1
From: John E Pederson <lobo1@****.COM>
Subject: Spoilers and Slamming listmembers (used to be B5 spoilers)
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 21:28:41 EDT
On Fri, 11 Jul 1997 13:48:25 -0400 Shergold <shergold@***********.net>

<<Poor Baby. But As I recall others on this were curious about what other
people saw. I did put a warning about spoilers, as did most of the other
people writing about this. If you don't want to see spoilers, don't read
the post.>>

Umm, it's not that easy. We had this discussion just before you got here.
Putting a warning in the subject line doesn't work. Too many people's
mailer simply brings up the next message (mine, for instance, moves right
on to the next one down once I hit the delete key), rather than leaving
you with all messages unselected. Yeah, I can go through and delete every
message that says 'spoiler' in the subject, but this is the only list I'm
on that generates a noticeable amount of mail. Some may not have the
luxuries of time or patience to do that before reading their mail. For
all I know, some people's mailers may not allow them to do that at all.
So, for convenience, please put in the spoiler space when you're going to
discuss something with spoilers. Don't remove it when you're quoting
somebody's message, unless the only part of the message you're going to
leave in your reply has no spoilers AND your reply is spoiler-free
itself. And I don't care if they're not spoilers for you. If there's even
the possibility, it's better to put in the spoiler space than to leave it
out. Better safe than sorry, and all that. And here's another hint: don't
slam listmembers who've been here longer than you, 'cause there's a good
chance that you'll wind up insulting someone who is a) respected by the
list at large and/or b) quite capable of giving back what they
several-fold. And one more reason not to slam other listmembers: it makes
you look like a prick and doesn't win friends.

I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud
and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.
--Francis Bacon

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