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

Ceri Davies ceri at
Fri Jan 19 15:21:26 UTC 2007

On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 09:42:54AM +1030, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

> 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.

To be fair to Microsoft (or perhaps this makes it even worse), their Mac
development team clearly understand this, as Entourage (the Mac
equivalent of Outlook) doesn't do any of the tens of stupid things that
Outlook does.

> "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.

When they are correctly formatted (line-feed,hyphen,hyphen,space), good
MUAs can do this automatically.

That must be wonderful!  I don't understand it at all.
                                                  -- Moliere
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