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Ben Finney ben+python at
Wed Feb 12 05:14:20 CET 2014

Rustom Mody <rustompmody at> writes:

> On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:19:53 PM UTC+5:30, Walter Hughey wrote:
> > I suppose what you mean by "top posting" is replying to an email by
> > entering a reply at the top

That's right. Top-posting is wasteful of the reader's time while it also
omits a lot of contextual information.

> See
> Most people here prefer interleaved posting with significant trimming.

It's worth pointing out that you will likely find the “interleaved
posting with trimmed quotations” to be *acceptable* virtually everywhere
on the internet. So it's a good practice to adopt for all such forums.

> In other contexts eg corporates, often the culture is the opposite:
> top-posting with strictly NO trimming.

I've never found a corporation that objects to the sensible
conversation-style, minimal-quotes-for-context interleaved posting style.

> And one more suggestion:
> Use text mode for your posts not html

Yes, especially for technical forums where you'll need to frequently
show *exactly* what text you mean, without unexpected rendering

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Ben Finney

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