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

Stuart Jansen sjansen at
Thu Feb 28 10:30:03 MST 2008

On Thu, 2008-02-28 at 09:51 -0700, Hans Fugal wrote:
> Sometimes it makes sense to top post

Folks, Michael Torrie has just demonstrated exactly how to behave
courteously on the UUG mailing list. Check out his post "Native vs
Bytecode vs AOT JIT -- was Re: favourite scripting language"

Note that he:
1) Trimmed the message he's replying to. This is a sign that he respects
the rest of us enough to spend a couple seconds making his message
easier to understand.

2) Updated the subject line to more accurately reflect the topic as the
flow of the conversation changes.

3) He did top post a comment, but he did so in a manner that makes sense
instead of simply reflecting laziness.

As with most etiquette, trimming and bottom posting is all about placing
the needs of others before your own. It's like holding the door open for
the person behind you, sure you don't have to do it but if you don't
you're probably a jerk.

Sure, lousy MUAs like gmail and simple laziness make untrimmed top
posting the easiest thing to do, but that doesn't make it right. Let's
not wallow in Eternal September.

"English doesn't borrow from other languages. It follows them down dark
allies, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose
grammar." -- Seen on IRC

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