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          logic seems to be missing in some folks  ;-)

From: Peter West <>
Date: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: low traffic lately?

Every now and then ossers (open source people) get a bee in their bonnet
about something. Top-posting is one of those somethings.  The most popular
email clients default to top-posting. There's a reason for that.  On a
list, if you are interested in a particular topic, you will have been
following along as it developed, generally pretty quickly. You know what
the context is, and you just want to see what the latest contributor is
saying. If you need to check the context, you scroll down. So top-posting
satisfies the vast majority of use cases, and bottom-posting is a pain in
the vast majority. Easy.

It mystifies me that some ossers become tossers on this particular topic,
and start to denigrate perfectly sensible users for doing the simple an
sensible thing and top-posting.

On 4/02/2014 2:30 am, Tom Davies wrote:

 Hi :)

re: top vs bottom posting

Many people using this mailing list are likely to be unfamiliar with
various notions that are in common usage on other mailing lists.
Hopefully this mailing list responds to people in ways they are
familiar with but at the same time prepares them for other

Many office workers have no idea that bottom posting sometimes happens
until after they have been (possibly) rudely "told off" on some other
mailing list.  On this list people use all 3 methods so that new users
become aware that top-posters are often responding to something that
was bottom posted.  So we do it gently.

Oddly it seems that most other mailing lists for LibreOffice seem to
use top-posting almost exclusively whereas many other Open Source
projects bottom-post.  LibreOffice is one of the gateway projects into
the world of Open Source so it makes sense to guide people gently.

Peter West
"...and a sword will pierce through your own soul also..."

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