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

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Fri Jan 19 13:17:56 UTC 2007

On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 03:24:44PM -0800, Greg Albrecht wrote:
> On 18/01/07, Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at> wrote:
> >> 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?
> >
> >> 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.
> >
> >"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.
> i've been wanting to chime in on this. perhaps it should be taken into
> consideration that a good number of MODERN email clients support
> automatic threading of messages. this allows me to see each reply to a
> message after the original message, in succession. i understand that
> different people configure and use their email clients in different
> ways, but why is there such a pandering towards one versus the other.
> my email software  (gmail right now but has been mutt and thunderbird
> in the past) makes it really easy for me to get the context of a
> message as soon as it arrives. perhaps it's time for the rest of the
> world to step up and add auto-threading to their mta's?

Emails can arrive in a different order than they were sent, and people
do not always keep all the emails they receive.
There it is often the case that people do not have the original message
to get the context from.  

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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