From pokey@well.UUCP Sat Apr 16 18:19:15 1988
From: pokey@well.UUCP (Jef Poskanzer)
Subject: stupid .signatures
Date: 17 Apr 88 00:19:15 GMT
Organization: Paratheo-Anametamystikhood Of Eris Esoteric, Ada Lovelace Cabal
>In article <5680@well.UUCP> pokey@well.UUCP (Jef Poskanzer) writes:
>Heavens, no! Not while we have brilliant .signature files like the one
Hey, I never claimed it was brilliant. I know it's stupid. It's SUPPOSED
to be stupid. The whole idea of .signatures is STUPID! We never used them
n the old days when ARPANET was getting started and netnews hadn't been
nvented. That's because back then, just using the reply command worked
about 99% of the time. Then uucp came along with its non-compliant, header-
munging, message-dropping, and generally brain-dead mailers. It's been
The first time I went to work for a place with uucp connections but no
But eventually, some bozo followed up to one of my postings in a technical
So .signatures are a necessary evil. But we should never forget that they
*are* evil. My stupid quotes are my way of reminding people of this. Of
course, as another of my stupid quotes said, "Most people on this network
Anyway, at least I do the net the courtesy of changing my stupid quote every
time I post. With most people, you see the same stupid quote or graphic
over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
you as much as it does me, please join me in expressing disapproval.
Jef Poskanzer email@example.com ...well!pokey
"If a man chooses to do evil... it becomes my sacred duty to
bash him to a pulp."
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Yeah, right. Well, enough of that.