[bf1942] Useless comments
ScratchMonkey at MatureAsskickers.net
Sat Jul 16 21:10:23 EDT 2005
--On Saturday, July 16, 2005 4:24 PM -0600 David Stevens
<dave at netdefense.ca> wrote:
> I sort of agree with the 50 line "quotes" however this USED to be a large
> problem when we were stuck with 14.4 modems and such.. in the days of DSL
> and Cable, it doesn't pose a problem at all.
> Why do you have an issue with it?
There are those who think that the alternative to top-posting is
bottom-posting (interleaved-posting is the desirable one) and append a
"me-too" to the end of the huge previous post. PITA to scroll down past
what I just read to see that. And then that scrolling is used to justify
top-posting. With proper trimming, interleaved posting works just fine. No
scrolling required, at least for the first response point.
Top-posting is impossible to respond to point-by-point in a sensible way. I
get an email with a run of questions and to top-post-respond I need to
reproduce the whole mail, answer point by point interleaved, then quote the
original in its entirety below. How else would one know which point I was
responding to? Instead of saving an ever-growing message, why not just save
the originals and let the client do the threading? Unless, of course, you
have a brain-dead client that can't filter all related messages to a
separate folder and can't display them threaded.
When posting to a mutual-support mailing list, your first objective is to
make your post easy to parse and answer by the most qualified user on that
list. But that user likely is also the busiest, with the least time to
figure out what your message is saying. Laziness on the part of the
composer is a good way of getting your question ignored by the people most
qualified to answer it. Interleaved posting and aggressive trimming is an
effective way of making a message more readable and more attractive to your
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