freebsd vs. netbsd

Yuri Pankov yuripv at
Thu Jun 11 12:22:10 UTC 2020

Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 8:03 AM Yuri Pankov <yuripv at> wrote:
>> Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
>>> On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 06:49:47 -0400, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
>>>> As to the comment of how common top posting is or not almost every web
>>>> based MUA defaults to it
>>> Could you mention a few FLOSS BSD or Linux MUAs that by default sets
>>> the cursor above the quoted text?
>> FWIW, Thunderbird does that by default in new accounts, you have to
>> configure it to do otherwise.
> So does every other GUI/web MUA.   I don't know why it is so hard for the
> FreeBSD community to get that conventions have changed (for better or worse
> I don't know but they have).  I have even had people complain about not
> top-posting because "I can't find your reply" and thus almost the entire
> world (except for a few technical mailing lists) either accepts or
> encourages top-posting.

I was just providing an example of (bad) defaults (it also encourages 
new users to use HTML) in Thunderbird.

WRT top-posting, I strongly disagree with this, having $work use Outlook 
almost exclusively and getting really hard times finding who answers 
what in *technical* discussions with more than 2-3 replies -- I'm 
spending A LOT more time than needed on this.  I would agree on using 
top-posting when you are sending some request and have your manager 
reply with "Approved" on top, that's the only situation I can think of 
when it's acceptable.

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