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Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Nov 20 17:39:33 CET 2013
Lindsay Haisley writes:
> On Wed, 2013-11-20 at 14:01 +0100, Roel Wagenaar wrote:
> > And maybe you could stop TOP-posting?
That's a bit quick on the trigger. I don't recall ever seeing a
top-post from "Tanstaafl" before, for one thing, and that moniker has
been around for as long as I can remember. See also "handhelds"
> In my humble opinion, any post that's less that a visual page in length
> is more conveniently read if it's top-posted, especially if it is in
> reference to a much longer quoted post.
"Don't top-post" is usually short for "don't top-post and trim the
If a top-post is really more readable, I'd question whether you need
*any* quoted material. (Yeah, I know, you only get options like *not*
quoting if you use an Emacs-based MUA, and of course Emacs is listed
as a form of torture next to "waterboarding" in the Geneva Convention
on the treatment of prisoners of war....)
So I can see your point, but I think if you're going to have a rule,
interline posting is by far the better rule for lists like this one.
> I know it's considered bad list netiquette, but from a practical
> point of view, I consider it the more convenient format.
Depends on what you're used to. See
Also, the abysmally bad UIs of handheld devices' MUAs are turning the
tide in favor of top-posting (or, for the really perverse,
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