Because they are clueless. It is one of my peeves also. Two reasons.
First, they may be less than fully into computers and do not know how
to find an email address in a header, so it is easier to just reply to
group. Second, some folks are so egotistical that they feel the world
hangs on their every word!
Assuming the first reason is the main one, folks should learn how to
find email addresses in headers, and learn how to use their email
client. Then they need to learn how to copy and paste comments between
discussion group client and emails.
Another peeve of mine is folks who merely reply "me too" to a
The exact same reason I will strike up a conversation in line or on the
curb, but would not neccessarily care to invite that person home or into my
car to continue the chat. As for taking it to e-mail, that only works when
you have their e-mail - not always the case in usenet. Most of us aren't
My pet peeve are people that are locked into netiquette as if it is carved
in stone somewhere on some lonely mountain top; that berating someone about
some arcane "rule" from back in the day when tubes roamed the computer
circuits is a measure of their long service at the keyboard - or I suppose
in some cases, the tape reader. It's like finding out that you broke some
stupid rule from the Little Rascals' No Girls Allowed Club.
Not accusing anyone here of these crimes just venting out loud.
Don't make me top post people! ;-)
I'm pretty sure these guys know each other's emails. Not that I
get offended by their language, but as some folks point out, there are
young folks reading here too. Egotistical, clueless or just
Don Stauffer in Minnesota wrote:
It annoys me as well but, since this is an unmoderated forum, they are free
to post what they want. I recommend that, when a thread turns into a
personal chat between two-three people, just mark the thread "Ignore" (or if
your reader doesn't have that feature) just don't open it anymore.
Cheers: Bill Woodier
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
Are you posting from Italy? If so, please e-mail me. I'm going to be
there next year and I am trying to make arrangements to meet friends
from RMS and modeling in general while I'm there.
Luca Beato wrote:
:-) As is evident, the conversation is not e-mail, but netnews. It's a
discussion group after all, so having a netnews discussion, however OT
it might be, can all be nicely summarized under one thread. No fuss,
no mess. Good newsreaders do the same with email BTW (virtual groups,
threads, etc., attributes to ignore, invisibalize, etc.)
Would we have it any other way I ask you?
What, is there a law now? :-) In a moderated group, sure, or on sites
with discussion forums, definitely. And in some countries with less
social freedom, like Japan, where people are warned or punished by
being ignored if they do not stick to the subject strictly. We should
be thanking our lucky stars that we can still all get along in a loose
manner on Usenet without some hierarchy forcing themselves on us.
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