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2014-02-23 4:08 GMT+01:00 Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>:

On 02/22/2014 04:41 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:

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

Bottom and Top posting seems to be a personal preference often pursued
with religious zeal (as you mention below). While quickly browsing, top
posting is easier to follow unless your email client hides all previous
posts for you. I installed an extension to do this in Thunderbird; without
it, bottom posting is almost impossible to follow. The extension makes it
easy to follow ongoing conversations regardless, but is annoying if you
were not following things from the start and want to catch-up :-(

I don't use an email client, but the Gmail web interface also hides lines
from previous posts. They are however easy to view if you need to.
Unfortunately, top-posting seems to be the default mode for Gmail, but it's
easy to work around.

in-line posting seems to be assumed for Thunderbird. Makes the response
more like a conversation.

 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

You must work hard to get Outlook to do anything else. I know you used to
be able to convince Outlook to do otherwise. I don't even know if you can
still do that. Every time MS releases a new version of something these
days, it usually feels like I need to relearn the product. It annoys me.

My limited exposure says that every large company using Outlook likely
works in this way.

 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).

 You can make everyone angry and happy by doing both. Place your entire
message at both the top and the bottom :-)

And in-line. The angrier the better…

Johnny Rosenberg

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