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From: email@example.com (Al Borowski)
Subject: Re: NG etiquette
Date: 17 Nov 2002 23:09:23 -0800
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NNTP-Posting-Date: 18 Nov 2002 07:09:23 GMT
Sorry, this reply is top posted.
Let's go through several situations, for top and bottom posting.
1) Standard reply (paragraph or so, snipping applied):
Top post: Easy to write, if not much is quoted then easy to read to.
Bottom post: Slighly longer to write, slighly longer to read (must
scroll both times)
2) Clueless newbie post (AKA me,too! post), lots of quoting, only a
sentence or so long reply.
Top post: Easy to see post is worthless, so move on
Bottom post: Have to scroll through hugly long post just for "me,
3) Long rant reply (few paragraphs)
Top post: Easy to write, bit difficult to read if you only just joined
Bottom post: Slighly more difficult to write, easier to read
I don't see the big issue with top posting. It's quicker to read and
write, and is only confusing if you have just joined a thread and
don't know how to look at the parent atricle.
I think excessive quoting is a far worse problem. It's a pain in the
neck. With top posting, whay I'm saying is immediently clear (provided
you read the parent). with bottom posting it's a pain to scroll
though lots of junk.
For a decent article of top posting, see
anyway this subject has been beaten to death. see
for more info.
Also, I'd like to state a few other things while I'm here:
Transistors sound better then valves
RPN is better then algerbraic
Emacs is better then Vi
Holden is better then ford
Coke is better then pepsi
"Phil Allison" wrote in message news:...
> "Al Borowski" wrote in message
> > Could someone please explain what's wrong with top posting?
> ** Everything. Do a Google search on "top posting usenet" and read
> dozens of explanations.
> ................ Phil
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