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From Pedro Giffuni <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Top posting is bad
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:04:00 GMT


--- On Fri, 9/30/11, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:

> Norbert Thiebaud <nthiebaud@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Choosing to use inadequate tools is no excuse to be
> bad mannered.
> >
> 
> The interesting thing is that there may be people who don't
> know they are using the wrong tools. If someone has not
> participated in a list like this before, then they the mail
> client on their desktop may not be configured suitably for
> participating in this list.  They may need to change the
> configuration, or even change their application.
> 

Unfortunately you can't always choose: I've been using my
Yahoo! account practically since I use the Internet: on the latest
update you can't break the incoming message so you have to top post
and on an iPad you can't even include the previous message.

Pedro.


> Does anyone know a list of what mail apps are known to work
> well and
> which ones poorly, and which ones require config changes?
> 
> For example, Lotus Notes (which I have by default on my
> desktop) does
> not collapse quoted sections, so using it for following the
> list was a
> nightmare.  Gmail is much better in that regard and is
> what I use now.
> 
> Any recommendations (ideally for each platform) for what
> works well?
> And what should be avoided?
> 
> -Rob
> 
> 
> 
> >>
> >> "bad" may be "unpleasant for you"
> >
> > Not just merely 'unpleasant'
> >
> >    A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to
> right.
> >    Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted
> text?
> >
> >    A: Because it messes up the order in which people
> normally read text.
> >    Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
> >
> >    A: The lost context.
> >    Q: What makes top-posted replies harder to read
> than bottom-posted?
> >
> >    A: Yes.
> >    Q: Should I trim down the quoted part of an email
> to which I'm replying?
> >
> > Norbert
> >
> 

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