[openbox] Roll up all windows?

Marc Wilson msw at cox.net
Tue Sep 14 23:56:42 EDT 2004

On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 03:35:09PM -0500, Aaron Griffin wrote:
> Any threaded mail reader will allow you to view any type of posting,
> top or bottom, just fine.

How does threading (which applies to messages, not text within messages)
aid in dealing with poorly quoted and top-posted messages, which
arbitrarily break conversational threads?

> I am personally using gmail, which top posts by default.

And this is supposed to be taken as some reason for the behavior to be
desirable?  Gmail top-posts because it's meant to appeal to the Microsoft
crowd, for whom top-posting is also a default.

Not because it's better.

BTW... someone was kind enough recently to give me a gmail invite, so I
could see for myself.  It's a joke.  The interface is poorly thought-out.

>  In addition,  threaded mail readers remove quoted text (or collapse it),
>  making it difficult to determine what everyone else is doing.

If it were true, this would seem to be an argument against top-posting,
rather in favor of it.  Still, please describe a "threaded" mail reader
that either removes quoted text (thus arbitrarily altering the content of
the message), or "collapses" it (presumably meaning that it's there, but
you can't see it).

Personally, I think you'll be hard-pressed to produce a single example of
an application that does either one, although there are, of course, plenty
of morons out there writing applications.

Entirely off-topic, of course, but you seldom see anyone this clueless.

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