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Re: File System



Christofer C. Bell wrote:

To be honest, no one really cares if you top post or not, but it only
takes a moment to ridicule someone over the Internet.  Some folks need
the self-esteem boost of making fun of a top-poster.

Especially technical types like things to make sense. Inline replies make a lot of sense, since one can reply to individual remarks without establishing context in your reply. It saves a lot of typing.

"bottom-posting" works about as well, as long as you trim the message to which you're replying appropriately.

"top-posting" is just ridiculous. The context of the reply is all below the reply itself, which makes it difficult to follow, logically. A reader needs to scroll down, read the original message for context, then scroll up to read the reply. In a mailing list, where subscribers probably have the archives to look at, you might as well trim the reply out entirely as top-post.

By far the worst, situation, though, is mixing reply styles. If context is *all over the place*, it becomes extremely tedious to scroll around and figure out who's replying to what, where. Since top-posting will almost always create this situation, COURTEOUS members discourage it.

Courtesy is the name of the game.  Make it easy for people to help you.


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