Dale J. Chatham
dale at chatham.org
Mon Jun 14 18:55:10 UTC 2010
Actually, I have had a rather pleasant conversation with a gentleman
offline. It is folks who post things like this which offer nothing
constructive that encourage a flame war.
Sometimes if you don't have anything useful to contribute, it's just
best, well, not to contribute.
On 06/14/2010 01:32 PM, bruce wrote:
> oh my gawd!!!
> are we doin a top/bottom post flame war again!!!
> alright.. all who are frmo san fran.. which do you like, top, or bottom!!
> and what about people who like diagonal posting..
> and how about side posting... for those who can't make up their minds...
> any others that have been left out??
> On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Tim<ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 12:07 -0500, Dale J. Chatham wrote:
>>> But to answer your question, I have *NEVER* posted this way. You're
>>> fighting over 15 years of training to do it otherwise.
>> Hmm, couldn't have been a real usenet user then...
>>> But, given 15 years, and this being the *ONLY* list (of upward of 50
>>> that I'm on) that insists on this standard, well, do the math.
>> And I've been on dozens of lists, of which none of them used top
>> By the way, despite the "bottom posting" name, the idea is *not* to
>> quote all of the prior message and respond under it. But to remove all
>> of the prior post that isn't needed for your reply. Like I've done.
>> Better still, is to intersperse your responses with the bits you're
>> responded to, like I did (otherwise known as "usenet style" posting).
>> Or, for those cases, where you're replying to a huge amount of waffle
>> that defies easy editing, *briefly* summarise it before your response.
>> Those who really need to see the entire prior message can look at the
>> actual prior message.
>> Then the next person gets to read a coherent conversation, top to
>> bottom, and doesn't have to scroll up and down, all over the place, to
>> make sense of replies disconnected from what they're responding to.
>> We don't put books back to front, nor the paragraphs.
>> [tim at localhost ~]$ uname -r
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