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From Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacre...@apache.org>
Subject I hate top posting
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:02:33 GMT
Hi Flex community,

I'm just here as an incubation mentor so I'm not going to dictate
anything (nor do I have the power to do so when it comes to such
things), but I hate top posting and I'm seeing way too much of it for
my taste here.

How much in reverse are you reading to used don't I know, but that
doesn't work for me - in my experience, top posting tends to lead to
shallow discussions, as it's hard to see exactly what one is replying
to so a lot of precision is lost.

Also, keeping the whole thread in each message makes our archives next
to useless, as searching for a specific statement will return every
message in the thread.

IMO, the first part of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style
describes the efficient Apache style of "inline posting with minimal
quoting" very well, and also IMO that's by far the style that works
best for serious discussions on a large list like this one.

Spending some time to carefully trim and quote what you're replying to
will save lots of time for the (already many) subscribers of this list
when reading your message.

If your mail client is too broken for that, use a better one for your
Apache communications...

Thanks for listening, and yes top posting does work in *some* cases as
well, like just saying +1 to a long rant like this one (hehe...I just
killed that potential joke ;-)

-Bertrand

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