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Re: Maybe this is old news but...
On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 02:22:29PM +0100, Danilo Turina wrote:
Christopher Faylor wrote:
...I just saw this:Anyway, IMHO, writing after the quote is not always the best way to go.
IMO, the use of the "to" domain is cute and the web page itself is
That is, it's the best way to go if the reader is reading only the last
mail of the thread and wants to know all the context of the discussion,
but if one, as I usually do, reads a thread starting from the first
post, it's a bit awful, since you have something like this:
When you read a post that is around level 5/6 you must skip a lot of
text that you have already read in the previous posts and, of course,
the text you are interested in (i.e. the reply of the sender of the
post) is not immediately visibile when you open the post (you must
scroll down and skip the above text before reaching it).
A mailing list may have many many thousands of actively subscribed
readers, to say nothing of the countless numbers who may read and
re-read (often well after the fact) bits and pieces of the archived
content reproduced or otherwise made available somewhere on the web.
The use of accepted standards and adoption of long-held conventions is
what gives the list its value by providing a consistent and accessible
format to everyone. And like all forms of communication, presentation
and context is everything.
That you find it convenient to disregard any of those conventions
(top-posting and/or not trimming quoted material are just two possible
examples) I consider somewhere between ignorant and selfish. Reading a
But It Works For Me justification is like listening to someone who
litters or doesn't clean up after his dog explain that it was easier not
to bother, and that no one is going to notice or be affected.
I agree with you.
Anyway it's not what I wrote.
I simply said that, in some cases, "bottom posting" is not so good and I
made an example to explain my point of view.
Notice also that I have written my reply at the bottom of the quoted text.
An alternative, of course, is learn to use your email client. Or get a
better one, and learn to use it, instead. I'd suggest using mutt. Even
better, try mutt and use the display_filter directive to hide all quoted
text, and see how many minutes pass before you realise you don't
understand WTF anyone is talking about.
Thanks for the suggestion, anyway I think that, for the moment, I'll be
stick on my current tools.
Thank you for your kind and calm reply,