[Mailman-Users] I'd prefer clients had collapsing features, not top-post; do away with mailing list digests

Mike Starr mike at writestarr.com
Thu Apr 2 20:18:22 CEST 2015

A couple points on top-posting...

I'm a top-poster and not ashamed of it. If I'm following a message 
thread, I remember the discussion and don't want to have to scroll 
through a weeks worth of responses just to get to the new content.

Some email clients strip all but the first message below the signature 
of the new message being created as a reply. That pretty much demolishes 
the rest of the message thread. In the case of responding to a full 
message thread, that means only the original post would be included with 
the reply.

In this response (using Thunderbird), I highlighted the text I wanted to 
respond to before clicking *Reply List* and Thunderbird only included 
the highlighted text below this response. That puts the pertinent 
content right below my reply.

Best Regards,

Mike Starr, Writer
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On 4/2/2015 12:45 PM, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> I somewhat concur; I understand the desire for the feature, and I 
> think this is the first time I've seen a reasonable reason for it as 
> well. I think it's a nice feature to have, generally. But I don't 
> think this justifies top-posting because I'd prefer clients to 
> collapse quoted material, attribution, and then show the first line 
> (or few lines) of the message. I still prefer the logical 
> point-counterpoint of an edited response I can read from the top down. 

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