TopPosting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Thu Apr 17 21:35:22 UTC 2008

It's really funny how I now have a reason to top post. The following
complete copy of the email I reply to makes a fantastic case for why
bottom posting with proper trimming and attribution improves the ability
to follow a conversation, while the opposite, well, does not. Note that
at the time of reply, I haven't even received a message by a John Doe

Enjoy ...

On Thu, 2008-04-17 at 14:37 -0400, Lorenzo Taylor wrote:
> > Quote from Mario Vukelic:
> > select a part of the message that you want to reply to, and press the
> > reply button after that. Then only the selected part will be quoted
> > 
> > Somehow this isn't working for me. I'm getting a blank reply with no
> > quote or attribution at all. Do I still need to turn quoting on in my
> > preferences? I don't want to do that, because that would mean I  would
> > have to start with a quote of the entire previous message and would
> > have to delete all that quoting if I don't want to quote. And then
> > only if I want to quote would I be able to select the part I choose to
> > quote. Basically, I want a totally blank message when replying unless
> > I'm selecting parts to quote. With that selection, I want a short
> > attribution such as:
> > 
> > Quoting John Doe:
> or
> John Doe said:
> or the manual attribution I wrote at the top of this message rather than
> the big long line Evolution gives me that looks something like:
> > On Wed, 2008-04-16 at 00:28 -0400, Lorenzo Taylor wrote:
> See, this paste quotation thing at least seems to work quite well, I
> guess I just have to do the attribution manually if I want something
> short and to the point, although I can't really complain too much about
> Evo's built-in attribution, since anything I've ever seen in Evo or TB
> or anywhere else for that matter is much better than the 
> -- Original Message --
> From: John Doe <johndoe at>
> To: Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions
> <ubuntu-users at>
> Sent: Thursday, March 4 2008 at 3:07 PM
> Subject: Re: My message
> ramblings found in Microsoft products such as Outlook and Outlook
> Express.
> > I'd prefer everyone to quote the same in
> > order not to distract me needlessly :)
> > 
> > I guess, but I just want something a little shorter and more to the
> > point than what Evo gives me. See above for the explanation of what I
> > want to say.
> > 
> > Live long and prosper,
> > Lorenzo
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