Top posting in a meandeing thread was: Re: Fedora - time to blink

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Mon Nov 28 11:47:16 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-11-28 at 21:49 +1100, Roger wrote:
> Also consider that with several contributors commenting on the same
> post 
> it gets boring scrolling down each one through the same information

It gets even more boring when posters can't be bothered to trim the
stuff they're quoting. If quotes were limited to only material being
directly commented on, the scrolling issue would mostly go away.

Two additional comments on this meme:

1) Business mail top-posts and quotes everything because that's the way
Outlook works and to a significant percentage of business users
"Outlook"and "Email" are synonyms. The single advantage to doing it this
way is that you can shovel over an entire conversation to a co-worker in
one Forward, and they get to see the whole context. Of course a properly
managed archiving system wouldn't need that, but then you'd have to have
competent system administrators, which apparently is too much to ask.

2) This list, and others under the Fedora banner, has a set of
Guidelines, referenced in the footer of *every single message*. How many
list members have read them? How many have noticed where it says:

        Place each part of your reply after the text it addresses (i.e.,
        NO Top-Posting, please see "Wikipedia - Top Posting" and links
        therein for more on this).
Now of course these are stated as "guidelines", because no-one is going
to ban you from the list except in extreme cases, but they still have
the backing of this community. When someone decides to ignore them, it
says a lot about what they think of the rest of us (and for my part that
plays a part in determining whether I want to help them with their
problem.) If people think the Guidelines need updating, make a proposal
to change them and we can discuss it, don't just pretend they don't


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