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Subject: Re: recordings to the wrong place

Re: recordings to the wrong place

From: leonard morris <lmorris1953_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 08:37:50 +0800

You said "Did I top post? I didn't think I quoted anything..." I was
only asking for myself. I wasn't refering to anybody else.

On 5/12/2015 8:46 PM, Christopher Chaltain wrote:
> On 05/12/2015 07:14 AM, Kyle wrote:
>> According to leonard morris:
>> # BTW, I have been on this list for years but I don't know if top
>> posting
>> # is still forbidden since I have not posted in a long time.
>>
>> Did I top post? I didn't think I quoted anything, as I restated the
>> question in the answer so that I could minimize quoting. I'm one of
>> those people who feels that quoting is largely unnecessary. For example,
>> It makes no sense to me to read
>>
>> It gets even worse when people post at the bottom of other people who
>> have posted at the bottom of other people. Once it gets past 1 or two,
>> it can be pure murder to try to read through, especially when I've
>> already read the original post as many as 6 times by the time I get to
>> the last message in the thread. Instead, I prefer to write the answer to
>>
>> I don't top post, and I don't bottom post. On those very rare occasions
>> when I do quote, I quote as little as possible, shorten the attribution
>> line so that it doesn't take a million years to speak it all, (Yes, I
>> use speech here), and put my answer inline. You will never see me top
>> post, and you will rarely if ever see me bottom post, as I have far
>> better ways to quote if I feel I must. That said, on lists where people
>> feel they have to pick at the way someone who is trying to help someone
>> posts the answer to a question, especially if they aren't either the
>> person asking the question or trying to help answer it, I rarely post at
>> all, and I generally make my own feelings known at such times. In fact,
>> you are more likely to see me complaining to the picky people for top
>> posting, because I do use speech, and trying to get through all that
>> stuff that I've already read 3, 4 or even more times just to try to find
>> the response when using speech is like trying to find the needle at the
>> bottom of a haystack. In fact, I prefer to read messages in threaded
>> form, as a conversation. Real conversations go like
>> When was the last time you had a conversation where the person you were
>> speaking with repeated every word you said before giving their response?
>> Believe me, that is very annoying, especially if you're repeating back
>> in the same way. This is how I feel about e-mail, which is now threaded
>> so that it is very easy to reread anything I may have missed without
>> having to have someone repeat the same thing over and over ad nauseum.
>> Sent from my exercise ball
>
> I agree hard and fast rules on whether to top post or bottom post are
> silly. The key is that the reader understands what you're saying as
> easily as possible. That being said, I respect the wishes of the list
> I'm on.
>
> Threaded email is great, but I like to process my messages as I go,
> deleting and filing them as I read them. If someone picks up a thread
> a day or two after I've read anything else in that thread then I may
> not recall everything that's been said before, so I appreciate the
> quoted thread at the bottom of the message. I've tossed quite a few
> good is referring to.answers to questions lately because I don't know
> what the information was referring to. I'm also sure there were
> questions I could have answered, but the lack of context made it
> impossible.
>
> Bottom quoting may not make sense in a non-technical list, but it does
> help when having a technical discussion where referring to source code
> or a particular statement is important. Again, top posting or bottom
> posting or in line responses depends on the nature of the list and the
> messages.
>
> IMHO, proof reading your responses and thinking about how others will
> read it goes way beyond hard and fast rules over top posting or bottom
> posting.
>
>

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