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From: Jonathan Kirwan
Subject: Re: NG etiquette
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 22:01:22 GMT
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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 22:01:22 GMT
On Mon, 18 Nov 2002 16:04:05 -0000, "John Jardine"
>Gibbo wrote in message
>> I think it's time for another quick education on news group posts.
>> A simple one will do.
>> 1. Quote the message you're replying to
>> 2. DON'T top post.
>> Not difficult is it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>Myself I prefer the bottom posts but have no problem with the top posts.
>Main thing is that the words are a complete statement within themselves.
>What I'm useless with, are the academic 'point by point' responses. They
>should only be for one off use.
>I find it impossible to demultiplex a couple of these when they are
My own view is when I'm faced with a post, I do a quick scan to
see how hard it is to get the idea and its context. If the idea
stands alone and doesn't need context and the quote is down
below only for completeness should I care, that's fine.
If context is needed (and that doesn't take too long to see) and
it is a top-post, I usually skip it unless something is written
which immediately makes it obvious it's worth the extra work.
Mostly, this is just a rule of expedience for me as I just don't
have the time to cull through it to glean meaning, if the poster
hirself doesn't have the time to organize their thoughts in a
context. I place the burden of getting my time on the poster,
where I think it belongs.
Top posters start out balanced on the wrong foot, with me. Too
many times I've spent too much work for the inadequate benefit
gained and I pretty much don't tolerate it anymore. Of course,
there are names for which I will accept anything at all --
because it is always worth the time.
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