Top-posting [Was: Installing with apt-get]

Gary W. Swearingen garys at
Fri Jun 23 16:26:49 UTC 2006

> it's very hard to write a well formulated top-post.

It's impossible, by my definition.  :)    (But, yeah.)

Some things nobody's mentioned yet:

The main problem wrong with top-posting is that the poster quotes at
all.  If readers don't need quotes for context hints before the new
text, they're unlikely to find them useful at the bottom of the msg
and those few people should look in archives.  (Good e-mail readers
can keep a desired amount and list them in threads.)

The main problem with bottom-posting is when people don't trim
their quotes, or enough.  One should very seldom have to scroll
a message to read the first new text.

Quotes should be used as a context clues, something to save posters
some composition effort, not to save readers the need to read prior
posts nor to provide "proof" of what was said in prior posts.

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