[xubuntu-users] Posting - Top or bottom

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Jan 10 22:36:12 UTC 2014

On Fri, 2014-01-10 at 17:23 -0500, Rog wrote:
> I usually let the subject line speak to the topic of discussion and
> leave the quoted matter at the bottom for readers to peruse should
> they so desire. So, I guess I'm guilty of "top posting(?)" which I see
> as a matter of personal style.
> In cases where interspersing answers to long questions or commenting
> on long statements, I tend to intersperse answers / comments after
> quoted material.
> I also agree that it's generally good to chop out needless "layers" of
> re-quotes. (See below.)
> On 01/10/2014 05:02 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > On Fri, 2014-01-10 at 21:56 +0000, James Freer wrote:
> > > I have noticed recently that more folk have been top posting. The matter was 
> > > discussed at length a while back and the decision I understood was that we 
> > > should bottom post.
> [snip]
> > 
> > No need to discuss it or to introduce something new. For mailing lists
> > common practise is to bottom post, resp. to trim and inline post for
> > good reasons.
> > 
> > It's also good practise to write an off-list mail to somebody who top
> > post to a mailing list and friendly ask her/him to do better.
> Excellent recommendation, particularly if the comment / answer is very
> user specific and likely to NOT be of general interest.

I don't trim and I don't reply off-list for two reasons.

Personally I'm fine with the yellow background :), but HTML could be a
PITA ;). I nearly didn't read your last sentence, since you did a _good_
inline posting, but the formatting became bad regarding to the HTML
posting. I first didn't notice it, because I thought you top posted and
below your post there are just James' and my postings.

So, reason one HTML could be bad and reason two HTML could be bad.

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