[Ilugc] issues with top and bottom posting

Vignesh Nandha Kumar viky.nandha at gmail.com
Wed Jul 4 13:49:01 IST 2012


On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM, kenneth gonsalves <lawgon at thenilgiris.com>wrote:

> On Tue, 2012-07-03 at 21:47 +0530, Shrinivasan T wrote:
>
> > If a person wishes to answer a question, he chooses the easiest way or
> > his own way to reply.
> > When we ask him to change the way he replies, he gets the same
> > thoughts on mind as
> >
> > "I get little free time, I wish to make it useful for the community.
> > I check email and reply, if I know the answers for any queries.
> > If there are restrictions a.k.a guidelines on how I have to reply to a
> > email,
> > I will skip replying, instead of formatting the email for better
> > readability.
>
> to be frank, we do not need such people on this list. This attitude is
> typical of the casual, sloppy, unprofessional attitude towards work that
> many people have. If you do something, take pride in doing it to the
> best of your ability in an orderly and correct manner, respecting the
> rules and conventions followed in the field in which you are operating.
> If you cannot, do everyone a favour by going and doing something else.
> Formulating a reply on a mailing list - or contributing code to a
> project, or filing a bug report or anything else worth doing is worth
> doing well.
>

+1.

People who complain so should look at things from the reader's perspective.
They should think of how frustrating it would be for them to read an
ill-formatted documentation. Mailing list is no different from that -
discussions are meant to be referenced by a wider community, even more than
the subscribers of the mailing list.

I find answers to many of doubts by search results from mailing lists. When
the search results you get have unformatted, top-posted replies, many of us
would feel like "Who asked this guy to reply? He should have better kept
quiet". Exact same thing here. When you create something to be consumed by
a community, either make it as best as possible or don't do it at all.


-- 
Vignesh Nandha Kumar
http://vigneshnandhakumar.in


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