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Subject: Re: Top Posting/ Bottom Posting

Re: Top Posting/ Bottom Posting

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:34:53 -0500

WJCarpenter wrote:
> If you're complaining about top-vs-bottom posting, per se, you are
> just being intolerant.
The real question is actually usually inline posting. That's the
preference. And it's impossible to inline post (in a readable manner)
and top post at the same time. They're more or less mutually exclusive.

I don't think anyone really prefers the posting style where someone
leaves the *entire* previous message on, and posts after it, either
unless it's a quite short message. The rule is "you must not top post"
rather than "you must post after a single giant block of quoted text"
because, I think, nobody reasonable expects people would actually choose
to post after giant blocks of text, something that's really the worst
overall solution. Top posting and bottom posting are bad, but bottom
posting seems "obviously" bad while top posting seems the sort of thing
people might recognize as "not optimal compared to inline, but something
I like to do because it takes less time."

Inline posting actually has real-world measurable benefits too. People
who receive their internet on metered data plans (or perhaps just run an
email client on their phone waiting for more important emails) will be
thankful when busy mailing lists are actually willing to avoid sending
dozens of copies of the exact same data to them.
Received on 2009-06-22

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