X-Message-Number: 13902
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 12:36:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Kevin Q. Brown" <>
Subject: Re: Trimming large posts

In message #13882 Philip Rhoades <> said:
> I think this has been said before but can people try and trim their
> replies instead of posting the WHOLE previous Cryonet?

I just implemented a software solution.  For each message
sent to CryoNet's posting address (), the
software now counts the number of lines that begin with "> "
and the number of lines that do not begin with "> ".  Except
for short messages (about 20 lines), it now refuses to post
any message with over twice as many quoted ("> ") lines as
nonquoted lines.  When the software rejects such a message,
it sends an explanation to the person who sent it with a copy
of the message so that the sender can see the problem.

This should filter out postings that accidentally append a copy
of the entire, previous digest to the end.  Hopefully, the
two-to-one threshold will not filter out replies that require
inclusion of significant context from previous messages to make sense.
Let me know if this threshold needs to be adjusted.

    Kevin Q. Brown

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