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

James P. Howard, II jh at jameshoward.us
Thu Jul 17 23:46:30 CEST 2008

A minor vent:  the problem now is the proliferation of mobile devices
which make it too difficult to not top post.  Users, at this point,
are fooled into thinking this is the correct form due to the lack of a
practical alternative.

Sent from my BlackBerry...

On 7/17/08, John Clizbe <JPClizbe at tx.rr.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> John
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James P. Howard, II
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