top and bottom posting
ttebbit at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 22:22:27 UTC 2009
Wade Smart wrote:
> This is the wrong place to talk about this but I will say this:
Yes Wade you are very much in the 'wrong' part (top again) of this
thread to discuss this.
> If everyone did the same thing - top or bottom - its easier to read.
> Gmail (which Im on right now) only does top. Thunderbird, which I usually
> use, does either. Most people go with whatever the default is.
OK... Lets change the way mailing lists have been operating for probably
triple gmails age and because some people don't know how to move a
Default on Mutt is whatever your editor does. Vim starts at the top of a
empty file for me. Probably the rest of the descent MUAs as well. You
get to use that to your advantage. Inline reply, sniping on your way
down to the body of your message, cleaning things up as you go.
This topic is brought up on a monthly basis (at least) and people have
no clue about why. Clearly it shows that when someone runs into a
problem he has never once looked over the archives to see if the problem
was discussed once before.
After a few trips rummaging through the archives it becomes crystal
clear. Threads that develop as per mailing list customs are very easy
to follow. I agree if you are an active participant in a thread it
really doesn't matter because you have fresh first hand knowledge of the
discussion taking place. Give it a few months and it's easy to forget.
Think about the comments (# foo) in scripts.
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