From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: OT: Posting Style Vote - all lurkers please respond
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Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:03:40 GMT
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On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 10:43:36 +0000, the renowned John Devereux
>The closest would be "Bottom post only".
>However, it is important to cut out old material when doing
>this - we do *not* need a copy of the entire thread with
Yes. When you talk, your answer comes after the question
(at least for most people it does). When you write on usenet,
the same thing. And if you don't edit the post you are
replying to, in most circumstances, you are not taking enough
care in your reply. USENET is a different medium from
e-mail and other communication methods, it seems to use
the part of the brain that is used for verbal communication,
for those of us who do it a lot.
>Also can interleave replies with the original points /
The response should come after the query or other stimulus.
Unless your name is Alex Trebek. Interleaving is preferred
if there are multiple points you are responding to. Points
that you are not responding to usually should be trimmed out,
particularly if you don't agree 100% with them. Of
course rules are sometimes broken for emphasis, humor or
whatever, but that's different.
Top posting is rude and inconsiderate. Deleting the entire
post you are responding to would be better. Anyway, here are some
links for the OP to read, rather than cluttering a technical
newsgroup with tiresome re-hashes of long-established rules of
These were found by a search from a neutral query, as you
can see the opinion among frequent users (like, the ones
who will probably answer your questions, eh?) is pretty much
"it's the network..." "The Journey is the reward"
firstname.lastname@example.org Info for manufacturers: http://www.trexon.com
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