top posting (off-topic)

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Sat Nov 24 11:08:13 PST 2007

On 2007-11-23 21:58, David Kelly <dkelly at> wrote:
>On Nov 22, 2007, at 9:10 PM, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>> Understood from that perspective, perhaps you can see why people
>> might dislike top posting.
> Many here (and elsewhere) will not reply to a top-poster.

I am one of these people.

If I see a top-posted message -- totally incomprehensible, full of
errors, misformattings, and other annoying bits, including mutilated
quotes with completely messed up quoting, and semi-randomly wrapped text
-- then it instantly rings a very important bell:

"The author of this message does not care enough to put some effort into
writing a properly formatted, readable reply.  If he doesn't care enough
to make his message readable, do you really want to spend the effort to
_read_ it?"

The answer is, surprisingly often, "No, I don't think I want to do that".

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