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Re: [SLE] Top-posting is so Microsoftish
- From: "Michael D. Schleif" <mds@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 22:42:09 -0500
- Message-id: <3DA8EB91.1F5F5A44@xxxxxxxxxxx>
me, too ;>
> * Steven T. Hatton <hattons@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> [10-12-02 19:23]:
> > It has come time to state my position on top-posting. In the
> > traditional world of usenet and mailing list, long before the Ring
> > Wraiths of Redmond had spread their darkness over the Internet, it
> > was considered common courtesy to reply to a message by adding ones
> > responses, either in-line, after the comment to which a particular
> > response was directed, or at the bottom of the quoted text.
> > After the spread of darkness, many people who were unfamiliar with
> > these long honored rules of order, and who were either ignorant of
> > the workings of their mail and news clients, or had clients so
> > technologically deficient they could not adjust the default. These
> > people began to violate these rules of order, not out of malace, but
> > out of ignorance. Indeed, ignorance *is* darkness.
> > It is now time to take a stand. Top-posting, that is, posting ones
> > reply above the quoted text, is a symbol of darkness. It represents
> > evil. To knowingly violate the traditional standard of internet
> > decorum is to willingly partake in the darkness. I therefore must
> > declare that, heretofore, all who top-post with full knowledge of the
> > above recounted history will be declared 'Windoze Users' and shall be
> > shunned by all who honor the good and noble traditions which created
> > the Internet.
> I declair this missive true and accurate, but failing to address the
> other mortal sin in the traditional world of usenet and mailinglist.
> That sin is "failing to trim inappropriate and/or irrelevant text" from
> the quote.
> Besides detracting from the continuity and accuracy of the
> conversation, it is rude and selfish. There are still individuals who
> must pay for time and/or traffic online.
> Patrick Shanahan
> Registered Linux User #207535
> @ http://counter.li.org
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