top posting, HTML posting and "the closer"

Mark Weaver mdw1982 at
Thu Mar 31 11:03:09 UTC 2005

Thomas Cameron wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-03-30 at 22:36 -0500, Mark Weaver wrote:
>>bruce wrote:
>>>so... if i changed the wikipedia definition to allow top posting, and to say
>>>it should be used by everyone, would we all be happy!!!
>>to my mind I would think that if the majority of list suscribers prefer 
>>bottom posting to top posting then common curtosy should be all that is 
>>needed here. the rules on HTML mail go without saying. 
> Then why are you saying it?  
> Sorry, couldn't resist.  :-)
>>HTML mail has 
>>*no* place in the Linux world for technology lists... period! Zero 
>>tolerance... no deposit no return... thats just how it is.
> Ah, it is all so clear now - The Rules(TM) according to you.
> Why is what you find acceptable any more valid than what I do?  I know
> that there is historical convention, but to blithely say that "This Is
> The Way It Is" with no authority and unable to cite anything except
> suggestions from Usenet doesn't really sway me.
> Again, I prefer bottom posting and non-HTML messages, but I think it's
> silly to get all wound up about it when someone prefers top posting or
> HTML formatted.  It's no skin off my nose and thus far it has presented
> no impediment to my reading of their messages.  In the unlikely event
> that a message is so badly formatted that I can't read it, hey, the
> delete key works just fine on my keyboard.  No reason to get upset.
> Cheers,
> Thomas

honestly, I personally believe we get wound up about this simply because 
its a sidebar or pause from trying to ferret out problems with systems 
remotely that we don't have first hand knowledge about; an escape as it 
were to relieve the tension that builds up from trying to diagnose 
troubles. In plain words its a distraction. but thats just my two cents. 
Others' milage may vary.

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