[OT] Top posting is a PITA
andrew-pythonlist at puzzling.org
Wed Mar 31 14:49:34 CEST 2004
On Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 12:30:23PM +0200, Didier Morandi wrote:
> Max M wrote:
> >That is not quite right. Using top posting forces every reader to
> >unlearn a lifetime of knowledge about narrative flow in content.
> (ages since I jumped into a troll... :-)
> What against-top-posting people do not WANT to understand is that the very
> first interest of posting is, to me, to get help or information.
My mail reader (I'm using the mailing-list gateway for comp.lang.python, but
this applies equally well to usenet readers) highlights quoted and
non-quoted text in different colours (in case the ">" aren't distinctive
enough already for you!). I find my eye jumps directly to the fresh text
just fine, *and* when people snip text and bottom-post, I still get a
coherent, sensible, intuitively-ordered view of the conversation (not to
mention a seperate pane showing this messages position in the overall
It's the best of both worlds, but it's ruined by top-posters.
> So, you post your question and, by definition, you remember what it was
> (well, I hope so).
> Then, you go back to the ng the day after and if you got an answer, you are
> interested in the answer, not to reread your post.
One of the great features of newsgroups (and mailing-lists) is their ability
to support multiple concurrent conversations -- and that's just within a
single group/list. I subscribe to a lot of mailing lists. It's nice to
have a contextual reminder of what the thing you're reading right now was
You are also presupposing a very limited question-answer format for usenet,
which is certainly not the only form of communication I see here.
> I do not read answers to questions I did not post, so I don't care about
> "unlearn a lifetime of knowledge about narrative flow in content".
Then why are you reading this thread? ;)
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