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Ian! D. Allen
idallen at idallen.ca
Tue Apr 5 17:30:23 UTC 2011
On Tue, Apr 05, 2011 at 09:51:32AM -0300, Doooh Head wrote:
> (4) My email client, in this case Hotmail takes care of the
> "chronological order" for me.
On Tue, Apr 05, 2011 at 09:20:08AM -0400, Ralph Janke wrote:
> The chronology is preserved in the mailing list server. No need to
> duplicate everything always in each mail.
Wrong issue. We aren't talking about how you see multiple email messages,
we are talking about how awkward it is to read *one* email message full
of top-posted content stored in chronological order from the bottom of
the message up to the top. That's hard to read.
People often forward to me single top-posted emails. I don't have
access to their mail server or their mailing list, which showed them the
emails in nice chronological order over the past week as they read them.
I wasn't part of the discussion. All I get is the one huge top-posted
mess that I have to read bottom-to-top to understand. That's awkward,
and I hate it.
"A top-posted message is easy to write; since, it doesn't require
the writer to edit any of the original message. As a consequence,
a top-posted message makes the message reader do the work of
understanding what was said. [...]
A bottom-posted message makes the message writer do the work of
preparing the message for easy consumption by the reader."
Since most email has one writer and many readers, I choose bottom-posting.
"The signal you are sending along with a bottom-posted reply is:
I want to make this message easy for you to understand
I will provide you with just the minimal context you need
I will edit the context to keep my message short
Your time is important"
I wish you would, too.
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