mick crane mick.crane at
Thu Apr 28 10:39:02 CEST 2016

even shorter,

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

On 2016-04-28 08:20, Werner Koch wrote:
>> Everyone is going to steal this.
> FWIW: Perry E. Metzger gives this shorter version for many years:
> 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?
> Shalom-Salam,
>    Werner

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