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Re: Posting Guidelines: Top or bottom posting

From: Andrew Rowls <eternicode@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:58:07 -0400
Message-ID: <507EF1AF.7020806@gmail.com>
To: Paul Irish <paul.irish@gmail.com>
CC: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
I prefer top-posting to bottom-posting, but I strongly prefer the interleaved approach, like Doug, to either of those.

And if I'm going to deal with HTML email, it's going be the full deal -- a designed newsletter, a store flyer, etc -- none of this rich text nonsense that Paul is promoting ;)  Person-to-person, I prefer plaintext.

Anyway, I agree with Paul that it will discourage participation if we "enforce" any of these preferences.  And that's what they are, preferences.  Pet peeves aside, it's all readable enough (at least, so far...) to move things along.

Andrew


On 10/17/2012 01:42 PM, Paul Irish wrote:
> I'd prefer to not take a stand for the list. It's awkward and discourages participation.
>
> Also I /love/�top posting and HTML email and know folks who detest both. I don't see a useful resolution.�
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> On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 9:52 AM, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org <mailto:schepers@w3.org>> wrote:
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>     Hi, Tobie-
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>
>     On 10/17/12 12:20 PM, Tobie Langel wrote:
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>
>         While on the subject of posting guidelines, are we going to take a stand
>         about bottom vs. top posting[1]... or leave it as an open question?
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>         [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/__Posting_style#Top-posting <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style#Top-posting>
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>
>     I favor inline ("interleaved") or bottom posting, with liberal trimming (remove greetings and sigs, strip out any settled points or unnecessary examples).
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>     I also take care personally to make sure that my replies are "blocked off"... I leave one space after the text I'm replying to, and 2 spaces after my comments and the next quoted block.
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>     However, for some kinds of response, like "+1" or any kind of polling-type information gathering ("Tuesday works for me"), top-posting is just fine. It's just not great for involved responses. (In fact, I really hate scrolling down 50 lines of quoted text just to see a "+1" or minor comment, so top-posting is better there.)
>
>
>     My 2 cents-
>     -Doug
>
>
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