freebsd vs. netbsd

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Jun 11 10:24:03 UTC 2020

On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 05:53:30 -0400, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> As I said before the top posting rule really does fly in the face of
> convention for most non-technical/mailing list oriented mail users. 

Hmmm... sorry, but I think that this statement is problematic,
as it contains a significant contradiction: You use the
term "most non-technical/mailing list oriented mail users",
but non-technical users won't use a mailing list! The use
of mailing lists is quite prominent among advanced users,
while non-technical users seem to prefer web forums. So
more or less, you can consider anyone using a mailing list
to be an advanced (or at least, not "non-technical" user).

> Thus
> by ramming it down people's throats (even if they are experienced users)
> just adds to the aloof/arrogant reputation FreeBSD has [...]

I fully agree with your observation regarding "discussion
tone". However, it's sometimes helpful to remind users that
this list prefers (!) the regular reply style instead of
top-posting, but it is definitely not a big problem to
get access to and answers from this list if one can, for
whatever reason, only top-post (and even better, is aware
of this problem).

After all, it's _not_ a rule, it's a suggestion that arises
from a consensus about preference, nothing more, nothing

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