Re: Top posting
On 6/9/05, Carl Fink <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 09, 2005 at 03:44:04PM -0400, Jin Juku wrote:
> > I guess I really am a newbie, because I have no idea what this
> > top-posting business is supposed to mean ... we're not supposed to
> > send new, clean messages to the list ...?
> Quotes properly (in the "no top-posting" belief system) go ABOVE new
> material, not below it.
> People who hate top-posting (including me) find it illogical and broken.
> The experience of reading it seems like, "Here's a fragment that makes no
> sense, and now that you're puzzled here's a confusing, out-of-sequence list
> of the things that fragment is responding to." The system I'm using here,
> quoted material followed by response, means that reading it corresponds to
> the order in which the material was created and makes more sense.
> Carl Fink firstname.lastname@example.org
> If you attempt to fix something that isn't broken, it will be.
> -Bruce Tognazzini
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Thanks for asking that, btw, Jin. I'm only an occasional user of the
mailing list (I pop in every week or so to check up on it, that's
about it, at most), and I was wondering as well. Actually, I even made
the same incorrect assumption.
>From the perspective of someone that doesn't follow the list
religiously, just pops around a bit and quite honestly probably only
reads one message out of a thousand, I kind of think the weekly FAQ or
posting guidelines is a good idea. To put it bluntly, I'm sure that a
lot of people just aren't concerned enough to study a FAQ page
somewhere, but if every week or two (even monthly) a message pops up
that reminds them, they'd probably take note.
Afterall, I honestly never had heard of 'top-posting' before until
now, but just this gentle reminder means that at least one occasional
user is now posting more 'correctly'.