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Re: Top posting vs Bottom posting

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 12:18:52PM +0100, Sander Marechal wrote:
Actually, top posting makes some sense in a corporate environment. There

Not really.

is no mailinglist or archive to see the entire discussion there. Suppose
you are discussing something with a coworker over e-mail. With top
posting every reply carries the entire thread. Want to involve someone
else (like your boss)? Just CC them and the have the full conversation.
This benefit probably outweighs the disadvantage of the messages
appearing in the wrong order.

And for this probability your wasting bandwidth, CPU time and disk space? Maybe your coworker is connected via mobile phone? And just CCing the mail with all the previous mails is not a good thing either. You may not have the permission to do so, because the mail was sent to the given recipients not anyone else. But no top poster will check all the included old mails, if the content is meant for the new recipient.

If you want to include new recipients, write a summary and if you have the permissions attach necessary mails. There are even mime types for such cases.

Most people seem to forget that it is not the job of the recipient to search for some kind of information in a big mail beeing not even in normal reading order. It is the job of the sender. If he is not interested in writing proper mails, then why should the recipient care?

And in my experience the probability, that top poster forget to answer some of your questions or that you don’t know to which question the answer belongs, is much higher.

Shade and sweet water!


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