a more "technical" mailing list

Ewan Mac Mahon ewan at macmahon.me.uk
Tue May 3 17:35:57 UTC 2005


On Tue, May 03, 2005 at 03:25:53PM +0200, René L. Reingard wrote: 
>Hi all there

>There is an other point I want to put forward to all writers of eMails.
>Could you please - as far as possible - write your text in the
>beginning  of the eMail text,

Please no; what you're asking for is generally (and disparagingly)
refered to as top posting. There are a number of reasons why it's a very
bad thing, and a quick google will find countless flamewars where they
are hashed out at great length. In short top posting makes it hard to
find the context for a post (bad for reading in archives), can make it
much harder to follow a multipointed post, and encourages people to
repost the entire previous message (or even the whole of a thread)
unaltered at the bottom of their message which wastes storage and
bandwidth. Furthermore, top-posting shouldn't be necessary to help with
finding the new material since the old material should be snipped to
only leave necessary context, which means it shouldn't get in the way in
the first place.

Ewan
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