[xubuntu-users] Posting - Top or bottom

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at shimmerproject.org
Fri Jan 10 23:05:36 UTC 2014

On 11/01/14 00:36, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> 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.

Bottom-posting is the suggested method, but for the sake of not filling
the list with endless dicussions about on which format is better, I
think it's just better to follow the trend in the thread: mixing the two
is the worst.

I will talk with the other moderators if we want to try to force this
rule, or add a prompt mention of it to the list information page.

Consider this discussion done, unless you have ideas how to improve the
list information page, in which case follow up with me off list.


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