For all you top posters out there, this is for you...

Hans Fugal hans at
Thu Feb 28 09:51:47 MST 2008

Stephen Shaw wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:37 AM, Jeff Anderson <jefferya at>
> wrote:
>> Sorry, I agree with justin.
>> :)
>> Jeff
> oh this list is going down hill.  If I only had a shaking head image...  :)

Some of the ancients on this list are top-posters (myself included, 
though not exclusively as this post will attest).

The plain truth is both top and bottom posting are equivalently evil. 
Trimming is the only thing that can be considered more perfect than 
either top or bottom posting. Sometimes it's worth it to trim. Sometimes 
it's not. Sometimes it makes sense to top post (quick reply to long 
email that you don't want to prune completely because it has lots of 
context that may be relevant but doesn't need to be reread before 
reading your quick reply), sometimes it makes sense to bottom post 
(conversational situation like this one, aka "Someone on the Internet is 
WRONG!"), and sometimes it makes sense to trim out the fat and reply to 
only a piece of the original post.

Hans Fugal ;

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
     -- Johann Sebastian Bach

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