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Internet Torah:
And thou shall never repeat all that you heard just to concur or disagree, or my wrath will be severe unto the third generation, yea, my wrath shall be great.

Rashi: Kema shene'emar, 'all that you heard' - This means never quote an entire usenet newsgroup message, including headers. Rather, just add a few lines of your own.

Rambam: It is a precept not to waste bandwidth.This teaches us the value of brevity.All those who know this, yet waste bandwidth despite this well known fact, are ignoramuses and are not to be trusted.

R. Yosef Caro: One must quote the name and date, but must never quote the Internet transmission path, except on HoShannah Rabbah. One must always quote the relevant part of the message, and have it spaced five characters to the right. It is strictly forbidden to quote more than you write.It is strictly forbidden to write less than 60 character lines. Writing lines that are over 80 characters results in herem.

R. Moses Isserles' Mappah: One can be lenient on line character length if it is denoted as being an HTML file.It is well known that German Jews have the halakhically acceptable custom of never writing lines _under_ 80 characters in length, but other Ashkenazim should avoid this.


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