[Numpy-discussion] Please stop bottom posting!!

Derek Homeier derek at astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de
Fri Apr 12 10:34:00 EDT 2013

On 12.04.2013, at 2:14AM, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM, Colin J. Williams <cjwilliams43 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/04/2013 7:20 PM, Paul Hobson wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM, Doug Coleman <doug.coleman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Also, gmail "bottom-posts" by default. It's transparent to gmail users. I'd imagine they are some of the biggest offenders.
>> Interesting. Mine go to the top by default and I always have to expand the quoted text, trim down as necessary, and then reply below the relevant bits. A quick gander at gmail's setting doesn't offer anything obvious. I'll dig deeper later.
>> _______________________________________________
>> NumPy-Discussion mailing list
>> NumPy-Discussion at scipy.org
>> http://mail.scipy.org/mailman/listinfo/numpy-discussion
> Bottom posting seems to be the accepted Usenet standard.
> I don't care, can't someone can make a decision, so that we all do the same thing?
> Please develop a rationale or toss a coin and let us know.  Numpy needs a BDFL (or a shorter term, if you wish).
> It's always been bottom posting.

In German this kind of faux pas is usually labelled "TOFU" for "text on top, full quote underneath",
and I think it has been a bit overlooked so far that the "full quote" part probably is the bigger problem.
IOW a call to try and trim the OP more rigourously should help a lot, and I'd think most people then
can agree on bottom posting (and I know the issue with mail clients doing that automatically - the thread
in question looks quite readable in Mountain Lion's Mail.app, but a nightmare on Snow Leopard!).


More information about the NumPy-Discussion mailing list