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Here we go again.

There is top-posting, which is, in general, a good thing, and is preferred by most email users, 
including the technically inclined, like myself. Its primary advantage is that it is a great 
courtesy to the readers of email threads, who can quickly assess a contribution to the thread for 
relevance to them.  A secondary advantage for the poster is that it increases the likelihood that 
the new material will actually be read, or at least skimmed.

There is in-line posting, which is necessary when you need to reply to specific points in a 
previous post. You can put your comments into the immediate context to which they apply. This is 
also a good thing, if the circumstances require it.

Then there is bottom-posting. It's a kind of virus that contaminates, primarily, open-source 
mailing lists. When a poster is infected he (yes, overwhelmingly, he) is overcome with the urge to 
tell people what to do. He is filled with a (completely spurious) sense of righteousness. He is a 
rebel, he is liberated, he carries the banner of freedom (free as in speech) against the grinding 
capitalist forces of oppression and regimentation. Therefore, you MUST DO AS YOU ARE TOLD. And so 
the champions of freedom become tuppenny Trotskys, low-rent Lenins, and we can say a quiet prayer 
of thanks that their influence extends no farther than the occasional mailing-list.

How do I know?  I've been there. I am now afflicted by a complementary virus. I am equally 
righteous and insufferable. I know, I know. But my desire is to see all of this nonsense fade away 
into an easy-going environment of live and let live. Bakunin before Lenin, and classical small-l 
liberalism before either.

Peter West

And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

On 23 Feb 2014, at 7:41 am, Tanstaafl <> wrote:

On 2014-02-22 4:28 PM, Johnny Rosenberg <> wrote:
I'm subscribed to a few groups myself, maybe I confused this one with the
Apache OpenOffice one, but most of them seems to prefer everything but top
posting. Personally I prefer this way, I'm not sure what to call it, but
I'm doing it right now…

It is called bottom or in-line posting, and is preferred by the more technically inclined.

It is primarily Outlook users who prefer blind top-posting (ie, quoting the entire message they 
are replying to and adding their comment at the top).

Most people who are rabidly anti bottom/inline posting will go out of their way to complain about 
how bad bottom posting is, and will invariably use BLIND bottom posting - quoting the ENTIRE 
message ABOVE your comment, which is admittedly way WORSE than blind top-posting - as examples of 
why bottom/inline posting is bad. They almost always simply refuse to even acknowledge the 
difference between BLIND bottom posting, and inline posting (quoting only the relevant portion, 
and putting your responses/comments AFTER the relevant quoted text, which is much cleaner and 
easier to read than even top-posting, mainly because you can clearly see the full context).

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