Top-posting (was: Re: making a Debian...)

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Apr 27 17:48:23 CEST 2016

> What is the matter with top posting? 

A: Yes.  Just not top-posting.
Q: Are both allowed here?

A: Quote a few lines, write your response to those few lines, quote a
few lines, write your response, and so on. This is called inline-posting.
Q: What if it's a long message?

A: Quote as much of the material as you need for context, place it at
the top of the message, and write your response beneath it. This is
called bottom-posting.
Q: So what should I do instead?

A: Normally the stuff preceding text is relevant to what comes after it.
When you top-post, the following text is relevant to what precedes it.
It's reversed.
Q: What do you mean?

A: It reverses the usual flow of reading.
Q: What's the problem with top-posting?

More information about the Gnupg-users mailing list