06 October 2006

"Visit forum for site-feature"

google groups
and gmail
have yet to match
the 20+ year old conventions
of usenet-era email
for interleaving comments
with the '>' quoted text
being commented upon

gmail uses ajax
to hide the quotes
evidently presuming
most quotes are included
only accidentally
and so punishing
sophisticated writers
with unsophisticated readers

but how tortuous it is
to try to send them feedback

so it would be
in a web2.0 way
(or better: web n+1)
if a rightclick on gmail's
'show quoted text' link
offered a popup menu that included
'visit forum for site-feature'
where you could read
others' comments on (eg)
this gmail design-feature
and add critiques of your own