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Re: [Rabbits] Top posting

  • FromMarnen Laibow-Koser <marnen@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 9 Nov 2010 00:52:28 -0500
On Nov 9, 2010, at 12:29 AM, "Benjamin F. Klahn KSC" <bfklahn@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey,
> Look, this is a stupid argument, I'm done. I'm not going to change the
> way I converse with hundreds of other groups and individuals for one
> confused guy on a mailing list somewhere.

Actually, it's not one confused guy.  Most lists I'm a member of strongly frown on top-posting, for the very reasons I mention. 

> If you need context scroll
> down,

You miss the point entirely.  Scrolling down will give me *general* context.  It will not let me know which part of a long message you were replying to. 

Simple example:

From: Bob

Alice wrote:
> Wasn't that new Looney Labs game
> great?
> Oh, BTW, there's this new sushi
> place. Shall we check it out?

I've seen messages like this many times.  Scroll down all you like, but there's no way to tell which part of Alice's message Bob is replying to. 

> it's easier to have one person who needs it scroll down to be
> reminded of what the conversation is instead of having everyone scroll
> past something they've already read.

So trim your quotes appropriately.  There's no reason to quote the whole thing if you're only responding to a line or two. 

> If you don't like top posting check out message grouping. All the
> modern e-mail clients do it, gmail, thunderbird, outlook, etc.

I love message grouping.  It serves an entirely different purpose, though, and is absolutely irrelevant to this discussion. 

Top-posting loses information.  It breaks conversational order.  It is harder to read and harder to follow.  Don't do it. 

> Regards,
> -Benjamin

Marnen Laibow-Koser

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