freebsd vs. netbsd

Aryeh Friedman aryeh.friedman at
Thu Jun 11 14:21:10 UTC 2020

On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 10:10 AM Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

> On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 08:15:04 -0400
> Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at> wrote:
> > 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).
>         For the very simple reason that that have not changed.

So let's use EBCDIC since  it is older and more "standard" then this new
fangled thing known as ASCII (UniCode is still an unproven experiment!)

>         There is a different set of conventions appropriate in the
> corporate email context (and probably personal email but threads are less
> common there). To whit top posting and retention of complete context.

Oddly people usually say inline is the better way to preserve context (I
actually agree).

>         Most modern MUAs default to supporting that convention since it is
> the more common use - that does not make it the right convention for all
> purposes.
And for the very same reason you (the list in general not "you" personally)
shouldn't crap all over people who are unaware of this yet almost every
time some new user does top post they get a mild scolding at best (and more
often a nasty note).

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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