Mail etiquette (was: What is this mean by this term)

Murray Taylor MTaylor at
Fri Jan 19 00:33:58 UTC 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey [mailto:grog at] 
> Sent: Friday, 19 January 2007 10:13 AM
> To: Murray Taylor
> Cc: Dak Ghatikachalam; freebsd-questions
> Subject: Mail etiquette (was: What is this mean by this term)
> [heavily trimmed, subject line clarified, format breakage recovered]
> On Thursday, 18 January 2007 at 16:31:41 +1100, Murray Taylor wrote:
> > On  Thursday, 18 January 2007 11:48 AM, Dak Ghatikachalam wrote:
> >> What if someone is emailing from a thread while I am replying at
> >> the same time, would that not happen ? Would I be getting complains
> >> again that I am "top-posting"
> >
> > Top-posting defined simply ...
> >
> > A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.
> > Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
> > A: Top-posting.
> > Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
> Yes, that's a nice one.
> > Unfortunately all Micro$lop 'standard' email clients and a few
> > others put the cursor at the top of the email, so the bad habit has
> > developed across the world both domestically and in businesses, to
> > write there, rather than continuing the email thread at the bottom.
> I think the biggest problem with Microsoft MUAs is not where they
> position the cursor, but the difficulty they cause in editing the
> text.  My editor also positions the cursor at the very top when I
> reply to a message.  But it also makes it possible to tidy things up.
> "Top posting" is only one issue.  Others of great importance are
> trimming your posts, not breaking the lines into tiny fragments, and
> not writing one-line paragraphs.  Your .sig is a good example of
> things that people should remove from replies.
> Greg
> --

Exactly! And not only my .sig which I do have control over whether 
I add it or not, and also the #@$%^%# stupid corporate disclaimer also
(over which I have no control).... sigh

Mail etiquette and general netiquette are subjects that are
not taught when the unwashed are given computers...

mjt (no .sig)
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