I've already taught myself to go to the bottom of a post or email
and start reading... or maybe it was automatic since that's the way it's
always worked... as a matter of fact a lot of organizations who render tech
support request that you include all previous emails and you have to start
at the top... otherwise, you will have to scroll paste 10, 20, 30, or more
pages to get to a place to put your latest request for aide... and then they
will have to do the same thing to get to the bottom so that they can see
what you want...
I will try to do it that way from now on... thanks for the tip...
"For GOD so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten son, that
whosoever should believe in him should not perish but have everlasting live"
- John 3:16 GOD's Holy BIBLE
From: Kent West [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 10:28 PM
Subject: Re: What is Top-Post???
Daniel L. McGrew wrote:
> Please explain to me what top-post is???
It's when your reply to an email is at the very top of the message.
It's just backwards from the way you read everything else in the world
(in English, that is), and is largely the result of Microsoft email
clients (Outlook, Outlook Express) defaulting to that position, thereby
training an entire generation of computer users THE WRONG WAY of
replying to email.
Your reply should go below the material you're replying to,
interspersing your replies as necessary to multiple items. As in:
> I write this Topic 1 item.
Your response to Topic 1 goes here.
> I write this Topic 2 item.
Your response to Topic 2 goes here.
> I write this Topic 3 item.
Your response to Topic 3 goes here.
This way, when someone else joins the conversation (such as someone
searching the archives), they can start reading at the top of the email
and read downwards, just like they read every other document they've
ever come across their entire life.
You should also trim out excess, non-relevant material. (See how I
trimmed out your sig, and the email you included at the bottom of your
Also, on this email list, people generally don't want you to CC: the
people who wrote whatever you're replying to. CC:ing them causes them to
get two identical copies of the same email (notice how you only got one
copy of this message? That's because I did not CC: you). Just reply to
"firstname.lastname@example.org", and they'll get the message without it
being duplicated. (Some people want CC:s, but they'll request them in
such a case.)
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