[Ilugc] issues with top and bottom posting

Guruprasad lgp171188 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 19:40:25 IST 2012


Hi Shrini,

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM, Shrinivasan T <tshrinivasan at gmail.com> wrote:
> thanks for the examples.
>
> in all the three examples, we can get the message fully as we know how to
> read top, bottom and middle replies.
>
> can anyone share some links from our list archives or any other mailing
> list archives, that we can not get the information due to top or bottom
> posting?

For example, in the conversation on promoting Linux, Niam Infotech top
posted a reply on top of Jobin's top post which was on top of
Kenneth's email, saying "Thanks a ton for taking this initiative.
Appreciated." There is no way to tell for sure whom the poster was
appreciating, unless he mentions it. The same applies for criticism as
well. Also removing all the context from a reply and posting the reply
alone is also considered top posting by many people. There is no way
to absolutely ascertain the target of the reply. It might be possible
to apply common sense and context to find out, but that might not be
possible always.

And while I agree that we're past the era of bandwidth issues (just my
personal opinion), why should we repeatedly archive the context in
every single mail though the mailing list already does that? We're
wasting hard disk space in addition to making the reading of emails
from the list difficult.

Just my couple of cents to this issue.

Thanks & Regards,
Guruprasad


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