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Re: Top-posting (was: Barracuda Networks is at it again: Any Suggestions as to anAlternative? )
From: JC Dill <jcdill.lists () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 08:22:34 -0700

 On 12/04/11 6:47 AM, William Herrin wrote:
On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 2:49 AM, Tim Chown<tjc () ecs soton ac uk>  wrote:
But I'm afraid times have changed; bottom-posted email is now an annoyance
to most just as a slow-loading web page would be.
Then you're doing it wrong. You're supposed to trim the original down
to just the context that clarifies your response. That's the other
problem with top-posters... nobody trims, so if I want to understand
what they're attempting to say I have to scroll down, read all the
previous messages and then guess which part they're replying to.

Usually the lazy top-poster hasn't said anything worth that much effort.

An even bigger problem is that the lazy top-poster often misses critical issues that either clarify the post they are replying to (making their reply irrelevant) or forgets to reply to something critical in the quoted text. I run into this often at $dayjob, where I can't ask more than one question in an email because the top-posted reply generally only addresses the first question.

The people who top post see this as a feature - they get their reply composed and sent off faster and can then move on to other things. They don't understand why they fail to thrive in their jobs as co-workers start to route discussions around them and then ultimately they are the first to be laid off because they aren't seen as an essential part of the team.


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