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From: Bill Davidsen <>
To: "Robert L. Harris" <>
Cc: Steven Cole <>,, Tomas Szepe <>
Subject: Re: Posting format
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 19:15:23 -0400 (EDT)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003, Robert L. Harris wrote:

> 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.  You could read just the top post and go from there.
> For those new to the conversation they can just start at the bottom and
> scroll up.  When the next post comes in they just read the top post
> again instead of scrolling down to the bottom or middle somewhere to
> figure out what/when/where.
> Using VI and Mutt, the cursor starts at the top not the bottom or
> anywhere in the middle so there's and ease of use for CLI mail readers
> as well instead of the GUI oriented.

I tried to make the point that top posting is useful when (and only when)
it is short and does not require the context of the previous posts, it
saves the reader time to have it all up front.

Example 1:
  Subject: 2.6.0-test2-ac1 OOPS with ZIP and DVD

  Appropriate top post:
    Fixed in 2.6.0-test2-ac2

    Topic is dead, problem over, casual reader spends no more time on it

Example 2:
  Subject: Odd O(1) behaviour with SCSI tape and serial PPP

  Appropriate top post:
    The measurements Jonas requested appear below interspersed with his

    If you want details you won't miss this post, if you are only
    concerned with patches or discussion of root cause you might skip
    this one.

A short top post takes the place of the Summary header most folks can't
generate or see. Used properly it's a benefit, used as the examples Thomas
posted it's disgusting.

bill davidsen <>
  CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2003-07-24 23:08 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
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 [this message]
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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