A Plea to Google
It is common practise, and good net etiquette, in email and newsgroups to quote the text of a message you are replying to. Google Groups reiterates this on their Netiquette page. So why the heck does their button that appears below each post on Google Groups not quote the message being replied to? They even have the ability to automatically quote, because their other other ‘Reply’ button that appears in the ‘Show Options’ area does automatically quote. Since the new Google Groups system was implemented, around one third of the posts on usenet now do not contain any quoted text. Most Google Groups users do not know that is bad, because they’re novice internet users.
Why even have a button that does not automatically quote the message being replied to? Heck, even some people don’t want it, make it an option in the Settings area.
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