[Pharo-dev] IMPORTANT: ML Etiquette

Tim Mackinnon tim at testit.works
Mon May 28 07:40:36 EDT 2018

In a world of mobile phones, I think you have to accept top posting, it’s just too hard to work otherwise on a small screen ... that said, quoting a small piece to reply to - is doable, and I think we can all try to do that?


Sent from my iPhone

> On 28 May 2018, at 07:26, Ben Coman <btc at openinworld.com> wrote:
>> On 28 May 2018 at 11:48, Sean P. DeNigris <sean at clipperadams.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> There were several posts in the "Beacon for Pharo 7" thread which top-posted
>> on top of massive unsnipped quotes that were several-previous-posts deep.
>> IMHO this made the conversation impossible to follow. This issue has cropped
>> up from time to time in other threads. 
>> Please adhere to basic ML etiquette [1] to maximize our effectiveness. Two
>> essential guidelines are: 
>>     1) snip quoted material to just what's necessary to understand what's
>> being replied to 
>>     2) Post reply /after/ the quote from the OP, not before.
>> 1.
>> https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/mailing-list-faq/etiquette.html#idp55179976
> e.g... 
> Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> >Why is top-posting such a bad thing?   
> >>The lost context.
> >>>What makes top-posted replies harder to read than bottom-posted?
> >>>>Yes.
> >>>>>Should I trim down the quoted part of an email to which I'm replying?
> http://www.idallen.com/topposting.html  
> Part of the problem is the way gmail and other clients *hide* the original text behind three ellipses dots,
> so its not immediately obvious how much a thread has grown.
> Its good to make a habit of clicking those dots immediately after clicking <Reply>.
> cheers -ben
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