From: "Robert L. Harris" <Robert.L.Harris@rdlg.net> To: Steven Cole <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Tomas Szepe <email@example.com>, bill davidsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com Subject: Re: Posting format Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:15:53 -0400 [thread overview] Message-ID: <20030724171553.GK32585@rdlg.net> (raw) In-Reply-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> [-- Attachment #1: Type: text/plain, Size: 2988 bytes --] Thus spake Steven Cole (email@example.com): > On Thu, 2003-07-24 at 10:03, Tomas Szepe wrote: > > > [Robert.L.Harris@rdlg.net] > > > > > > On the other hand if everyone posted at the top it would be considerably > > > easier reading for those who have been following the conversation > > > without having to scroll down and figure out where comments and the > > > conversation is at. > > > > So how do you context-quote when replying at the top? > > > > Original text: > > > > Argument A. > > Argument B. > > > > Reply: > > > > Reply intro text. > > > > Reaction A. > > > Argument A. > > > > Reaction B. > > > Argument B. > > > > I don't think so. Awkward (mixing directions) and confusing. > > > > > For those new to the conversation they can just start at the bottom and > > > scroll up. > > > > Ever actually tried doing that? IMHO it's not half as practical and > > natural as reading from the top down. (You have to keep scrolling, > > searching for block starts.) > > I think Tomas has just hit upon why top posting is fundamentally wrong. > > Indo-European languages read left to right, Semitic languages read right > to left, and some Oriental languages read top to bottom, but no human > languages I'm aware of read bottom to top. > > Consider a Cafe sign: > > C > a > f > e > > That is readable. How about: > > e > f > a > C > > Not very readable unless you spend extra processing time to think about > it. Reading bottom to top is counter-intuitive and wastes time. Speaking > of which, apologies to all who feel they've wasted time by reading this. > > Hmm, it looks like you top-posters out there are in good company. > Marcelo seems to be taking the lead. Grumble. > I'm not saying you should write your paragraphs backwards such as your Cafe sign. It's more of an organizational thing than an order of reading thing. When I sort my ToDo list I put the things most important on top, when I sort my mail, I put the things I need to read on top, etc. This way the most important piece (the newest comment in this case) is on top and I don't have to go digging for it. Not everyone puts inline responses and they're not always needed. If you place some a good idea is one a co-worker uses: See inline comments below. 4 works, 1 line. Tells us there is content he added mixed in. Otherwise I don't have to waste time and effort digging through the rants, flames and fluff wondering "is there something down here?"... :wq! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert L. Harris | GPG Key ID: E344DA3B @ x-hkp://pgp.mit.edu DISCLAIMER: These are MY OPINIONS ALONE. I speak for no-one else. Diagnosis: witzelsucht IPv6 = firstname.lastname@example.org http://ipv6.rdlg.net IPv4 = email@example.com http://www.rdlg.net [-- Attachment #2: Type: application/pgp-signature, Size: 189 bytes --]
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2003-07-24 17:01 UTC|newest] Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2003-07-23 20:18 2.6.0-test1-ac3 still broken on Adaptec I2O Robert L. Harris 2003-07-23 20:22 ` Christoph Hellwig 2003-07-23 22:00 ` Robert L. Harris 2003-07-23 22:53 ` Tomas Szepe 2003-07-23 23:32 ` Posting format bill davidsen 2003-07-24 0:52 ` Tomas Szepe 2003-07-24 15:14 ` Steven Cole 2003-07-24 15:47 ` Robert L. Harris 2003-07-24 16:03 ` Tomas Szepe 2003-07-24 16:52 ` Steven Cole 2003-07-24 17:15 ` Robert L. Harris [this message] 2003-07-24 17:42 ` Steven Cole 2003-07-24 16:03 ` Bas Mevissen 2003-07-24 16:05 ` Steven Cole 2003-07-24 23:15 ` Bill Davidsen 2003-07-24 23:24 ` CaT 2003-07-25 2:59 ` jw schultz 2003-07-25 3:33 ` Miles Bader 2003-07-24 15:24 ` [OT] " Sean Neakums 2003-07-23 20:24 ` 2.6.0-test1-ac3 still broken on Adaptec I2O Alan Cox 2003-07-23 21:20 ` Samuel Flory 2003-07-23 22:17 ` Alan Cox 2003-07-24 8:01 ` Christoph Hellwig 2003-07-24 11:24 ` Alan Cox 2003-07-24 17:37 Posting format Mudama, Eric 2003-07-24 18:57 John Bradford 2003-07-25 18:49 ` Leandro Guimarães Faria Corsetti Dutra 2003-07-25 20:35 John Bradford 2003-07-25 22:10 ` jw schultz
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