"Top posting" (was: Test messages to -questions)
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at FreeBSD.org
Mon Jul 4 05:49:39 GMT 2005
On Friday, 1 July 2005 at 14:01:13 +0000, Bryan Maynard wrote:
> On Friday 01 July 2005 06:56 pm, Lane wrote:
>> On Friday 01 July 2005 13:30, Robert Marella wrote:
>>> I agree. I am much more annoyed by top posters.
>> The only thing about email that annoys me is spam. While I'm a
>> subscriber to freebsd-questions, top posting, incomplete
>> questions, inflammatory commentary, etc. is just the price I pay
>> for getting a steady stream of "Aha's," and hardly seems worth the
>> effort to develop an emotional viewpoint.
>> Although "thought police" who say "do this" and "don't do that"
>> wear me out sometimes with their email.
> Pardon my newness, but what is "top posting"?
This sounds like a troll, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.
"Top posting" is a term that some people use to describe part of what
you did with your reply: put the reply out of sequence at the top of
the message instead of where it fits in logically in the thread. Some
people call the latter "bottom posting", but that's inaccurate and
You apparently haven't read http://www.lemis.com/questions.html .
Amongst other things, it states:
7. Include relevant text from the original message. Trim it to the
minimum, but don't overdo it. It should still be possible for
somebody who didn't read the original message to understand what
you're talking about.
8. Use some technique to identify which text came from the original
message, and which text you add. I personally find that
prepending "> " to the original message works best. Leaving
white space after the "> " and leave empty lines between your
text and the original text both make the result more readable.
9. Put your response in the correct place (after the text to which
it replies). It's very difficult to read a thread of responses
where each reply comes before the text to which it replies.
When replying to this message, please copy the original recipients.
If you don't, I may ignore the reply or reply to the original recipients.
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