[Pharo-dev] Please stop top posting... (was Re: Tell me about your workflow)

Sergi Reyner sergi.reyner at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 09:30:08 EST 2013

2013/12/17 Frank Shearar <frank.shearar at gmail.com>

This battle was lost a decade ago, I'm afraid.

This wasn´t even a battle until someone decided that top-posting was an
amazingly good thing. Thanks to that, we now have posts/mails that
sometimes don´t contain even a full sentence of original content, and are
followed by loads of quoted text, with signatures, headers, images... you
name it.

I stop reading some threads because of the excessive amount of irrelevant
quoted text, and the inverted order of "response to something" followed by
"something that prompted the response. That, if there is a quote at all...

 Back in the day (I am talking about BBSs, Fidonet and related networks,
dating back to the 80s), people took pride in having a very low content to
quote ratio, but we were also very careful to quote everything needed to
make sense of the response. No more, no less. The early days of Internet
email weren´t as bad, either.

I came to the conclusion, some years ago, that I will continue to strive to
quote properly, and the rest of the world is free to do whatever they want.
And I am then free to just ignore messages or threads that are too much
trouble for me to follow.

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