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Marko Vukovic

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Oct 11, 2023, 2:58:05 AM10/11/23
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Hi everyone, long time no see!

I have a question, down below.

On Wed, 11 Oct 2023 at 00:32, Andy <ai.e...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Tue, Oct 10, 2023 at 5:03 PM scottedwards2000 <scottedw...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> sad - wonder where folks discuss Gmail these days...
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> Apparently many don't have much need to, anymore. Interest died down because people are no longer asking questions about it here. I don't see a big queue of unanswered questions.
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> In that sense, I would not call it 'sad'. But of course the reality is that those who do have questions, might not know that there is a place here where they could be asking them. C'est la vie, neither good nor bad nor sad (except for the nostalgic).

I noticed that Andy replied below the quoted text. I was wondering,
Andy, did you do this manually as I have done here by expanding the
message from the ellipsis?

There used to be a lab that one could enable that would start the
reply below any text highlighted but that's gone now and I don't see
any other way to do it. Does anyone else loathe top-posting?

Regards,
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Marko

Andy

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Oct 12, 2023, 12:08:19 AM10/12/23
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On Wed, Oct 11, 2023 at 2:57 AM Marko Vukovic <marko....@gmail.com> wrote:

I noticed that Andy replied below the quoted text. I was wondering,
Andy, did you do this manually as I have done here by expanding the
message from the ellipsis?

Hmm, I was going to say that I control what and where I write, not leaving it to someone or something else to decide.

But I went through the motions, and indeed, it appears that Gmail now ALWAYS puts ALL of the message you're replying to behind the ellipsis, hidden.  To be honest I did not think that it always did that (when did that start?).  So apparently I am just in the habit of always clicking the ellipsis to open the text I am replying to -- who wouldn't? -- so I immediately disable the garbage (ellipsis) that Google puts there.  It is habit.

As for where I type my reply text, I am sure to get some heat about it, but IMHO the only place that reply text should go, is AFTER the thing that one is replying to.  That's because I am a human.  We humans usually answer questions after someone asks them, not before.  If I were an alien, I suppose it might be otherwise, but I am not.  As a reader of English, I read text from left to right, top to bottom.

There used to be a lab that one could enable that would start the
reply below any text highlighted but that's gone now and I don't see
any other way to do it.

I missed that lab.

Does anyone else loathe top-posting?

Yes.  And the ginormous replies that it causes, as the sheeple continue to forward text they didn't know was there, from a dozen replies earlier.  It's a bad habit to force us into.

Regards,
Andy


Zack (Doc)

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Oct 13, 2023, 12:54:02 PM10/13/23
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On Thu, Oct 12, 2023 at 12:08 AM Andy <ai.e...@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Oct 11, 2023 at 2:57 AM Marko Vukovic <marko....@gmail.com> wrote:

There used to be a lab that one could enable that would start the
reply below any text highlighted but that's gone now and I don't see
any other way to do it.

I missed that lab.

Yes, the labs have sadly gone away, though I thought that lab was one that became a permanent feature, but when Marko mentioned it, I tried and discovered he was right (I loathed the lab not for that function, but because I frequently had someone selected that wasn't what I was replying to, so I'd have to discard the draft and try again for the effect I wanted) 
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