[admin] What is top posting, and why should you avoid it?

John Clizbe JPClizbe at tx.rr.com
Thu Jul 17 23:39:51 CEST 2008

A4: Yes, *only* when introducing the text of a forwarded message
Q4: Is it ever OK to top post?

Werner Koch wrote:
> A3: Please.
> Q3: Should I avoid top posting on this mailing list?
> A2: Because, by reversing the order of a conversation, it leaves the
>     reader without much context, and makes them read a message in an
>     unnatural order.
> Q2: Why is top posting irritating?
> A1: It is the practice of putting your reply to a message before the
>     quoted message, instead of after the (trimmed) message.
> Q1: What is top posting?

Sorry, Werner. Couldn't resist the temptation.



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