[admin] What is top posting, and why should you avoid it?
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Sat Jul 19 06:52:45 CEST 2008
John B wrote:
> That's what the subject line is for. After that, it should be all
> reading as if one is reading a book and seeing things in the logical
> order and way people were taught to read and respond.
I don't know about you, but when I forward an academic paper on to a
colleague, I write a Post-It note and slap it on the front, telling my
colleague various important details about it.
The normal reading order is thus "read the introductory Post-It note,
then read the paper."
"Paula -- this got thrown at IJCAI09's CFP but didn't make
the cut. You should get in touch with the author; I think
he might have solved the problem with different semantic
parses between LL_k and LALR_k, and I know you've been
beating your head against the wall with that. Don't
circulate this paper, though, since technically
everything's embargoed until '09."
As opposed to the subject line,
"Re: [Fwd: from IJCAI-09 CFP] thought you might be interested"
... which is already too long for a subject line.
I shall continue to top post introductory material when forwarding
relevant information, and eschew top posting all other times.
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