How would folks feel about me changing some of the Discourse forum settings to send a general message that folks should try to write replies in their own words, rather than quoting prior posts and responding inline?
I’ve been trying to do this more myself, with lesser or greater success, depending on how tired I am. But frankly, I’m forming an ever stronger belief that inline replies contribute an absurd amount to the flaminess of mailing lists and forums. Especially among folks who don’t know each other well.
Basically, I suspect folks getting quoted a lot feel a bit like they’re being cross-examined, intended or not. I’m reminded of the social studies textbooks friends in Russia showed me from grade school, covering all manner of social problems in the USA, quoting exclusively US news media as sources.