grumbling about text formatting 

Plain text is a great format because it trivially adapts to the formatting the reader chooses.

Hard wrapping lines to 72/80/100/120/n characters actively goes against that. Now your text wastes space on larger displays *and* requires horizontal scrolling on smaller ones.

Please stop doing that.

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grumbling about text formatting 

Or it wraps anyway and you get unreadable trash.

re: grumbling about text formatting 

@emily still mad that nothing that converts emails into discussion-forum posts (github, gitlab, discourse, etc) wraps format=flowed text.

grumbling about text formatting 

@emily Double wrapped is so horrible 🤮

grumbling about text formatting 

@LovesTha yes it
is

grumbling about text formatting 

@emily Having your local client do it is bad, having it done to source data is horrific. Seeing a giant email chain where some clients apply it to multiply indented quotes, well the quoted text is not worth keeping in the chain.

(resisting formatting this message as an example of it)

grumbling about text formatting 

@emily
Of course, this example COULD be re-wrapped at display time, assuming \n\n represents a paragraph break.

@TerryHancock @emily Is there any standard command that does it for you?

@phel@toot.cafe @TerryHancock@mastodon.art @emily@sparkly.uni.horse writing this off the top of my head so I'm just gonna hope it works

perl -pe 's/(?<=.)\n/ /g' <<< "poorly formatted text. piping it in should also work if you don't want to use redirection."

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