[Pharo-project] posting etiquette - please post new text at the *top* of your email

Schwab,Wilhelm K bschwab at anest.ufl.edu
Thu Oct 28 07:23:14 EDT 2010

If you really want some fun, charter a new usenet group.  This debate will arise, and you'd think top-posting would freeze the Earth's core and end life as we know it :)  That's w/o any petitioners so much as mentioning it.

That said, again, it's not necessarily laziness - I have had two rotten email systems in a row foisted on me in succession.  First GroupUnwise and then LookOut!!  Both were/are reputed to be able to correctly quote text, but neither offered the options described.  Etiquette aside, top-posting is poor communication, but the tools to do better seem to be disappearing :(

From: pharo-project-bounces at lists.gforge.inria.fr [pharo-project-bounces at lists.gforge.inria.fr] On Behalf Of Niko Schwarz [niko.schwarz at googlemail.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:09 AM
To: Pharo-project at lists.gforge.inria.fr
Subject: Re: [Pharo-project] posting etiquette - please post new text at the *top* of your email

I remember that alright. On some Usenet groups you'd get stoned to
death if you were to fullquote at the bottom. Postings like that we'd
call TOFU in Germanglish: ("Text oben, Fullquote unten"), and it was a
major offense to submit TOFU. And the holy scripture was RFC 1855
(http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1855), "Content of a follow-up post
should exceed quoted content."

I think RFC1855-style messages still look beautiful, and they have
their place. But if you're too lazy to follow the gist of it, that's
alright with me, but then put your content at the top, so I don't have
to scroll down to Walhalla.


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