#plaintext email etiquette question:
When I'm replying to a thread with multiple participants, is there a standard way to indicate who I am quoting?
For example, in the exchange below, is there a good/standard way to attribute the first quote to Alice and the second to Bob?
> Foo is better
> Bar is better
I agree with Alice that foo is the way to go.
CC: @sir, resident plaintext email expert/evangelist
@Steinar Thanks. Is the date stamp a required or optional element, in your experience?
@codesections Most MUAs include it. Also it's often (always?) the case that one of the quotations you need is included in another, like
> Y wrote:
>> text text text
> that's bs!
I agree to disagree.
Linear quotations, like in @Steinar 's example are rare; I'm sure I haven't seen it in the wild.
As for the attribution, when you name the idea or the person, the rest is obvious from context, especially if you reply inline (as opposed to top posting: https://wikipedia.org/en/Posting_style).
@codesections As with anything mail, nothing is required and nothing is standard. ;) Personally, I think it's nice for context, since mail is async, and Bob may have gotten new information since he wrongly claimed what he did.
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