Re: [dev] Mailing list behavior - was: Question about arg.h

From: Calvin Morrison <>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:42:27 -0500

Why do I top post? yes i am lazy! After being with gmail since it was
in beta, I still don't have an option to god damned bottom-post by

On 7 November 2013 01:15, hiro <> wrote:
> tldr
> On 11/6/13, Alexander Huemer <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 09:38:35PM +0100, Alexander Huemer wrote:
>>> P.S. I passionately hate people who top-post, don't give enough
>>> details and cannot say hi or bye in an email.
>> Well, this escalated quickly.
>> Let's forget about this hi or bye thing.
>> Top-posting though completely ruins a conversation on a mailing list.
>> It's impossible to properly quote more than one past email of a thread.
>> I do not understand why people do this.
>> It makes me angry, because it shows very little respect for the
>> communication partners on the mailing list.
>> I have the expression that people who top-post never spend a single
>> second thinking about the implications of their doings, no matter how
>> many emails they write and read (and that can be thousands) where they
>> could notice that _their_ doings ruined the quoting that other people
>> tried to do.
>> Top-posting is in the same category of doing as:
>> - parking over two parking lots
>> - not using the blinker
>> - this [1]
>> The common property of these doings is that the positive impact on the
>> doer is very little and the negative impact on the receiver of the doing
>> is big.
>> Top posting saves 1..2 keystrokes in a decent MUA with a terrible effect
>> on the whole mailing list and also for the person who has made the
>> decision to top-post itself! This person itself is unable to properly
>> reconstruct what happened in a thread from looking at a single email.
>> The only possible conclusion I can draw is that top-posters aren't very
>> clever. This would not bother me if this wouldn't steal time from all
>> the people on all the mailing lists who try to help. For free (as in
>> beer).
>> I won't say anything about lack of details I initially criticized,
>> because this email is already so long that many people already stopped
>> before reaching this point.
>> Kind regards,
>> -Alex
>> [1]
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