[SATLUG] message etiquette

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 12:29:24 CST 2010

Geoff wrote:

> 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.

   -- Bruce

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