[Ilugc] issues with top and bottom posting

Guruprasad lgp171188 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 19:47:53 IST 2012


On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Balasubramaniam Natarajan
<bala150985 at gmail.com> wrote:
> +1 Shrini
>
> I am saying this because I am part of other mailing list as well and there
> are no rules imposed there provided that they do not go out of topic.
>
> The idea needs to be simple ask question or provide answer,  However just
> to provide that if there are rules that is when it becomes really difficult
> :-( especially new people to the group find it very difficult :-(
>
> On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM, Shrinivasan T <tshrinivasan at gmail.com>wrote:

Is this your way of presenting your stand for top posting? :) Just
kidding :) . I recommend you read the legendary
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html. While I agree that
asking questions and getting answers is one of the primary uses of
mailing lists such as this, there is no obligation for any one in the
list to provide answers to questions. People participate out of their
own interest to share their wisdom and in the process help others. The
guidelines are primarily aimed at taking the best possible route to
get answers from people. Why would I be interested in answering your
questions, if you repeatedly top post and I am unable to get the
context at all or if I had to put in a lot of effort to get the
context just to help you? If you're bottom posting and your answer is
just a few words, why should I scroll down a large amount of text just
to see few words of reply that too when the context of the reply might
not be obvious.

Mostly those who try to insist on following the guidelines are trying
to educate and not to discipline. Why should some one waste time doing
that and is it too much to expect people to give themselves better
chances of getting helped?

Apologies if there is more ranting in this email than useful content.

Thanks & Regards,
Guruprasad


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