Top-posting &c.

Prasad, Ramit ramit.prasad at jpmorgan.com
Fri Aug 24 15:53:35 CEST 2012


Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
> A good tool would reduce the effort and guide users, like e.g. giving
> them a hint if they leave the whole mail they're replying to as copy.
> Several corporate email solutions (like MS Outlook/Exchange) put very
> little emphasis on communication efficiency but only on eye-candy
> features. Their popularity and the resulting influence on people has
> caused decay in average communication culture, and that is what I blame
> them for.

True, but it is by no means impossible or very difficult. It just requires
some effort. I blame the user more and the software less because of quotes 
like below.

[ Not Ulrich ]
> GMail uses top-posting by default. 


[ Back to Ulrich ]
> BTW: You omitted the attribution line for the text you quoted, whom do
> you blame for that? That said, "Nonsense" is a strong enough word to
> start a flamewar... not nice.
Fair enough. I typically leave off attribution because I would rather
to discuss things with quotes instead of he-said and she-said. The
focus should be on the idea/conversation and less about attributing
"blame" to someone (and it is invariably more often negative attribution
than positive). If attribution is preferred, I suppose I could always 
add it back in. Ironically, this is one of the things I wish Outlook
was better about.

Ramit

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