[Python-ideas] Posting style

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Tue Jan 10 21:21:14 CET 2012

Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Oleg Broytman <phd at phdru.name> wrote:

> > I very much hope I do not embarrass the audience but people can we
> > return back to email etiquette? Inline quoting instead of
> > top-posting, proper trimming instead of overquoting, an empty line
> > to separate quoted text from the reply.
> Unfortunately, you're fighting against the default behaviour of many
> current email clients. […] Even the Gmail web client starts with the
> cursor above the quoted text (although it places the signature block
> after it).

But that's the right behaviour: for deleting unnecessary quoted text and
writing inline responses, the natural way to work is from top to bottom;
so starting the cursor at the top is correct.

(only half-joking :-)

> The big pain though is answering email on a (not-so-)smartphone […]
> (and I'll often choose to wait until I'm back at a machine with a full
> keyboard for exactly that reason).

Yes. If one knows enough to feel the need to apologise for one's email
client, then one also knows enough to wait until a better email client
is available. No apology necessary.

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Ben Finney

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