top posting (off-topic)

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Thu Nov 22 19:10:12 PST 2007

Understood from that perspective, perhaps you can see why people might 
dislike top posting.

Rather, your entire response is at the top, separating itself from the 
context to which it refers.

Furthermore, it can be very confusing to understand precisely what you're 
referring to, because your response doesn't follow those parts of the post 
to which you refer.

Sometimes top posting makes it really hard to follow which parts of the 
previous posters words are being referenced.

If you think about it from the perspective of all of the readers of a 
thread, you might feel differently, however.

I can understand why you might feel that way.

--On November 23, 2007 10:22:50 AM +1300 Brent Jones 
<brent.jones at> wrote:

> Sorry if this is a bit off topic for this list, but it seem to be a
> comment that comes up very regularly; "please don't top post..."
> I for one prefer top posting, as usually I have read a particular thread
> enough times that I like to cut to the chase and read the new input
> without having to scroll down, sometimes navigating an endless nesting
> of >>>  For me, reading through top posted replies saves time and
> effort.  If I happened to miss something in the conversation I can
> scroll down to find it.
> Anyone else feel the same?
> Cheers,
> Brent
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Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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