Top-posting shenanigans (was: Re: ASR33 $1000+ And Counting...)

From: Charles H. Dickman <>
Date: Thu Feb 24 18:11:48 2005

Vintage Computer Festival wrote:

>>IME *typically* the people who top-post come from an environment where
>>they've only ever used Outlook as their email client. I'm not sure why
>>that link exists, but it's been my observation.
I would suggest it is because typical Outlook users have had no exposure
to anything else.

>This is *exactly* where most top-posting comes from.
>Another thing bad about top-posting is that it encourages lazy behaviour
>(i.e. not trimming replies).
At my work we use Outlook and everybody does top-posting. I find it
quite irritating, but necessary. I have tried interleaving comments and
trimming replies and it confuses the hell out of people that are not
used to it. Worst case is they don't even see that I commented. When I
interleave, I have gotten into the habit of adding a line that says,
Comments inserted below, so that it is not missed.

Outlook is a beast when trying to insert comments in quoted text. It
seems to either add a bunch of lines, or demote quotes with a simple
backspace. Sometimes tools encourage bad behavior.

Received on Thu Feb 24 2005 - 18:11:48 GMT

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