Top Posting, was Re: ASR33 $1000+ And Counting...

From: Marvin Johnston <>
Date: Thu Feb 24 15:40:30 2005

Okay, as a proponent of top-posting, I would propose the following
reasons FOR top posting:

1) Since almost everyone on this (and other lists I've been on) have an
aversion to changing the subject line to reflect a new topic ...
including the message I am replying to :), top posting gives the reader
a *quick* way to see if they are interested in the new, totally wrong
subject hearder, topic.

2) Since there are a number of people who have an aversion to clipping
off the "irrelevant to the topic" garbage (unlike the message I am
replying to), it makes it MUCH easier to read without having to scroll
through the entire message.

3) Since there are still people who like to post "one liners" in the
middle or end of a long quoted message, it makes it MUCH easier to find
that comment.

There must be others, but these will do for starters. I doubt I'll
change many minds on this subject as it is more like a religious war
than something based on reason. For myself, I consider it a workaround
to bad posting habits :).

> Evan wrote...
> > What a top post? I never heard that term before... what's the big deal
> > about it?
> Please see
> Simply put, when you reply to an existing message you leave the old message
> at the bottom and type your reply at the very top. It's inconvenient, messy,
> etc.
> Failure to trim the post appropriately with responses below each section is
> also a pain.
> Don't feel bad, I didn't know what it was or that it was such taboo until
> fairly recently.
> Jay
Received on Thu Feb 24 2005 - 15:40:30 GMT

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