Netiquette request to all
raj "at" ap.krakow.pl
Fri Feb 10 07:57:01 2006
Agent Smith napisal(a):
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> I actually like having the new messages on the top.
> When I am following a discussion I do not have to
> scroll through the quoted text to find the new
> content. I also don't mind having the entire message
> quoted since I can easily look back on the discussion
It is like having such a conversation:
Answer: Because you have to read backwards.
Question: Why is it inconvenient?
Answer: Replying at the top of the message.
Question: What is a problem then?
Question: Is everything OK with mailing lists?
Does it make sense? For me not. I prefer reading from top to bottom, not
from bottom to top. I read an answer at the top and I don't know the
question! (Actually, on this mailing list, I often get the replies before
the messages that are replied to, and in such case having to read the
message from bottom to top to find out what's going on is really annoying.)
I have to scroll down through the entire message (untrimmed! - and that's
even worse than quoting at the top) to find the part somebody is referring
E-mail, and especially a mailing list, is more like a live conversation,
where question comes before the answer, rather than a formal business
letter, where you attach the documents you are referring to at the end. I
prefer to read this conversation like I'd be reading a dialogue in the book,
and not the reverse way.
Read the links I have posted previously - they will give you tons of
arguments, why classical style of quoting is better.
In my opinion, nobody would ever think of this "backwards" style of quoting
- because it's illogical - if Microsoft didn't put the cursor at the top of
the message in Outlook. Maybe they did it just accidentally, they didn't
care whether the cursor is at top or at botom, and people took it for
granted and started all typing there instead of going to the end of the
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