death to gmail users!

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Fri Mar 23 16:24:16 MDT 2007


Not long ago, Eric Wald proclaimed...
> Mister Ed wrote:
> >Who all came up with the keen idear that bottom posting was best?
> 
> The first users of email.  According to the jargon file, "This is
> correct form, and until around 2000 was so universal on the Internet
> that neither the term 'bottom-post' nor its antonym top-post existed."

That's right! It seems when I was in school (the 90s) every Internet 
newbie learned sooner or later that bottom-posting and inline replying was
the RightWay(tm) to use e-mail. And, it made perfect sense too:


>>>>>>>> I think Han Solo is the best
>>>>>>> No, I think Luke Skywalker is the best
>>>>>> I personally like C3PO
>>>>> You're full of it
>>>> I agree. I like C3PO
>>> You like a robot best?!
>> Yes. Got a problem with that?
> Uh... it's kinda weird.
Well, that's just me.


It is very easy to follow the flow of information exchange this way.
Compare this to the way most corporate Outlook users today would do the
same thing. It's just messed up from contextual discernability standpoint.



Well, that's just me.

----------------------------Original message----------------------------
From: joe at someplace.com
Subject: RE: who was the best?
Date: 2007-03-23 16:00:00 MDT

Uh... it's kinda weird.

----------------------------Original message----------------------------
From: jim at someother.com
Subject: RE: who was the best?
Date: 2007-03-23 15:00:00 MDT

Yes. Got a problem with that?
----------------------------Original message----------------------------
From: bill at outthere.com
Subject: RE: who was the best?
Date: 2007-03-23 14:40:00 MDT

You like a robot best?

[... and so on]
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