OT: Top Posting

Cliff Wells LogiplexSoftware at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 8 01:08:28 CET 2003


On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 15:43, David LeBlanc wrote:
> So far, nobody's explaining anything :D This resembles US war policy, but I
> digress ;)
> 
> David LeBlanc
> Seattle, WA USA
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: python-list-admin at python.org
> > [mailto:python-list-admin at python.org]On Behalf Of Roger
> > Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 15:06
> > To: Cliff Wells
> > Cc: python-list at python.org
> > Subject: Re: OT: Top Posting
> >
> >
> > Does it explain what?
> >
> > Roger
> > (for added emphasis)
> >
> > Around Fri,Feb 07 2003, at 03:01,  Cliff Wells, wrote:
> > >Does this explain it?
> > >
> > >
> > >On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 14:28, David LeBlanc wrote:
> > >> > -----Original Message-----
> > >> > From: python-list-admin at python.org
> > >> > [mailto:python-list-admin at python.org]On Behalf Of Wojtek Walczak
> > >> > Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 8:47
> > >> > To: python-list at python.org
> > >> > Subject: Re: ternary operator
> > >> >
> > >> <snip>
> > >> >
> > >> > ...but, well, in almost any case I'd use while loop, and
> > what's _POOR_
> > >> > for me is top-posting on Usenet rather than using i=0;while
> > ...:... :)
> > >> >
> > >>
> > >> I've never quite understood why it's considered rude to
> > top-post, especially
> > >> given that most people quote emails verbatim in their reply. I
> > already read
> > >> that, and I want the new stuff - why scroll past the old stuff
> > to get to the
> > >> new stuff? It does make sense to embed responses when you're
> > responding to
> > >> something point by point, but that's not always the form of a reply.
> > >>
> > >> I suspect that if people trimmed email responses, usenet/ml
> > bytes would drop
> > >> drastically. I wonder what the spammie hit rate on ">" is? ;)
> > >>
> > >> Dave LeBlanc
> > >> Seattle, WA USA

The explanation was implicit in the difficulty of following the
conversation without referring back to previous posts.  As you can see,
each top-post adds to the confusion, especially when intermixed with
other posting styles.  Had all of us been following the rule of *not*
top-posting (and trimming our posts, as I'm intentionally not doing here
so as to preserve the mess created by top-posting), the logical flow of
the conversation would still be intact.


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Cliff Wells, Software Engineer
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