Bottom vs. Top Posting (WAS: A Plea for sanity when posting to this list.)

Magnus Therning magnus at
Wed May 4 18:17:29 UTC 2005

An attempt at summarizing the thread:

1. Think about how your reply to an email. Make sure your target
   audience agrees with your email style and format, chances are they'll
   simply skip reading it otherwise.
2. Use interleaving to address the separate issues raised in the email
   you reply to. If in doubt, interleave!
3. Top-posting has it's uses, so does bottom-posting. Use both
   responsibly. Top-posting can be used to set the tone of a reply, or
   convey general points relating to the entire reply. Bottom-posting is
   good for raising new issues or summarize.


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