[TriLUG] Digression: Top- vs Bottom-posting
Paul D. Boyle
boyle at laue.chem.ncsu.edu
Mon Aug 30 14:41:11 EDT 2004
I am coming late to this thread so forgive me if this has already been
Brian Henning wrote (quoting someone else > >):
> > For pure bottom posting you've got a point. On the other hand, my
> > preference is for in-context posting
> Ack! This is in no way a personal attack.. But I think trying to find
> needles of reply scattered through the haystack of back-quoted thread is the
Actually, this is what is advocated in RFC 1855 (Netiquette Guidelines).
For example, the Netiquette guidelines suggest:
- Be brief without being overly terse. When replying to a message,
include enough original material to be understood but no more. It
is extremely bad form to simply reply to a message by including
all the previous message: edit out all the irrelevant material.
and further on, in the section referring to "one to many" (i.e mailing
lists and news groups) communication:
- If you are sending a reply to a message or a posting be sure you
summarize the original at the top of the message, or include just
enough text of the original to give a context. This will make
sure readers understand when they start to read your response.
Since NetNews, especially, is proliferated by distributing the
postings from one host to another, it is possible to see a
response to a message before seeing the original. Giving context
helps everyone. But do not include the entire original!
In case anyone is interested in the complete RFC, here is the URL:
While RFC 1855 is no officially adopted standard, I think it does
summarize the wisdom accumulated from early USENET/internet days when
conservation of band width and disk space were of more concern than
apparently they are today.
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