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Re: Signature Block
By John A. Tuttle

In Digest 96.12.31 Karl Ellison writes:

> I'd much prefer you to leave people's signatures alone, unless they're
> these wild, half-page imposing ASCII monstrosities. These are as close
> as a personal moniker as you can get in ASCII, and they say something
> about the writer (that he's succinct, he's flamboyant, etc.). They
> also contain within them the information the writer felt was relevant,
> and, the degree of their accessibility to the rest of the group.

I agree with Karl but I _would_ limit the signature block to four (4) lines of text. My primary rational is that the standard postal address (which we all have) is normally a minimum of three lines and more commonly four lines. So limiting the signature to less than four lines would call for some creative spacing. Further, more than four lines is more than is actually needed to accomplish the task of telling people who you are, where you are, how to get in touch with you.

That's my opinion.

John A Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos" 908-840-8787 (leave message)
407 19th Avenue http://www.concentric.net/~tuttleja/
Bricktown, NJ 08724 E-mail:tuttleja@concentric.net
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[ Editors note:
[
[ I just cut your sig block to four (4) lines, John. Okay?
[
[ Once per Digest is enough, too; unless the text requires the
[ information of the signature block I will delete the whole block
[ on the other letters in the same Digest.
[
[ Robbie

(Message sent Wed 1 Jan 1997, 17:28:20 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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