[SATLUG] message etiquette
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 12:29:24 CST 2010
> Inline replying was also originally used in all e-mail (because such
> users had come from Usenet),
> but a lot of people don't use in-line posting because they were too lazy
> to learn the correct way, with most message people coming into the
> computing scene -after- the internet boom,and don't have a clue as to
> 'why' there are different styles.
Most people who top post do it because the email clients, especially
from Microsoft, are set up to do that by default. Top posting is not
really inappropriate for an individual conversation and relatively short
threads. In a group mailing list, somebody just reading the messages
and perhaps starting in the middle of a long thread needs to develop
more context. There bottom posting or in-line posting is much more
Remember, on the list, you are speaking to several hundred people at once.
It also is polite to *trim* messages to only the portion of the message
that you are replying to.
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