Why Tofu Mails suck

(Auf deutsch und viel besser als ich es könnte hat Roland Reuß darüber geschrieben.)

If you reply to an email, you often include part of the referenced mail in your mail. This is a good way to keep the thread of mails together.

However, for some reason I cannot begin to understand, some people don't limit the quoted mail to the actual content they refer to, but just quote the whole mail, including transport information, salutation, footer, signature, hook, line and sinker. This is sometimes called Tofu in Germany, 'Text oben, Fullquoting unten' (Text on top, full quoting below).

This is bad for several reasons:

In conclusion, Tofu mails are a burden to the network and its users. Don't use them. (Disagree?).

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