[OS X TeX] New Macros, new Engines, new TeXShop versions, and all that
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 20:10:39 CET 2010
On Feb 24, 2010, at 1:38 PM, Gerrit Glabbart wrote:
> 2010/2/24 Alan Munn <amunn at gmx.com>
> As the person who made the (I hope polite) plea for top posting, I
> agree with both of these sentiments, which is why I won't pursue
> any debate with people who do otherwise. The value of the list is
> definitely diminished if we try to enforce this sort of behaviour
> by citing the "rules" etc. which will piss people off.
> And as the person who literally cited (part of) the "rules" (such
> as they are) -- it was not my intention to try to enforce anything;
> my point was that a) this discussion about the merits of top-
> posting has occurred once or twice before,
as I am afraid it is bound to continue occurring, one hopes still
once in a while.
> and that b) the "rules", informed by those prior discussions, are
> actually quite flexible and pragmatic, advocating that the message
> be readable above all else.
And this last is the way it ought to be and, to an extremely large
extent, of which I am exceedingly glad, is the way it happens to be
on this list.
I would also suggest that quality has its privileges: If, say, Koch
were to "scatter post", and even if I were to find his posts very
difficult to read, I certainly would not think of saying anything if
only because I would be busy trying to figure out what he is saying,
knowing full well that I better not miss whatever he is willing to
say. (Disclosure: Once in a while, he lets me download a copy of
TeXShop for FREE.)
Grothendieck is said to have once started a talk with "Take a prime
number, for instance 57, ..." and I understand that nobody said boo.
Had someone like myself started a talk that way, s/he probably would
have been booed, if not booted, right out of the hall and probably
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