Hi, I was writing a big email to a friend, and reading the financial reports from SourceHut, when it occurred to me that there does not seem to be a best practices document for how to format emails in plain-text, so even the financial reports are a little incosistent - Drew uses spaces to display titles at times, and ## in others, for example. So my question is, since there is a document for the proper mailing list etiquette, is there one for formating of plain-text emails somewhere? If there is not, could we come up with best practices, and then add them to useplaintext.email? I would send a patch, but I figured it is best to decide on what these best practices are before doing so. What is right for me, who just started using plain-text emails, is probably not right for the community as a whole. This is my first email to the mailing list, so I apologize in advance if I made a mistake somewhere. — Warmly, James Pond Linux & Happiness Engineer
Wrap to 72 characters, link stuff like this, quote things > like this And otherwise, so long as it's readable and communiciative, use /whatever/ other *little* details that you think _emphasize_ or clarify your point. : https://example.org
Simple enough of an explanation. I like it.
Hi, Drew, Thank you for replying so fast! > Wrap to 72 characters, link stuff like this, quote things > > > like this > That is how I make comments on Hacker News, for example, and format text files in general, so I guess this is generaly agreed upon. > So long as it's readable and communiciative, use /whatever/ other *little* > details that you think _emphasize_ or clarify your point. Would you accept a patch to useplaintext.email about this? Maybe a little mix of markdown syntax, with what is already agreed upon. # H1 ## H2 ### H3 - List * List And so on. It is silly, but sometimes consistency helps, I guess. — Warmly, James Pond Linux & Happiness Engineer
Nah, I don't think it's necessary. The goal is to communicate effectively, not to make everyone write the same way. Plain text is just that: plain.
Got it :) Thank you for your time, and have a great weekend! — Warmly, James Pond Linux & Happiness Engineer