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On the evils of bottom-posting (Was Re: Installing snapshots)

Properly <>ing.

On Wed, 11 Jan 2006, Murray Eisenberg wrote:

> (I hate bottom-posting -- since with it I have to read through the
> entire past history of the interchanges before getting to the most
> recent part -- and therefore always do top-posting.

That's what the "End" key on your keyboard is for... :-)

Besides, most of the time it's a GOOD thing to read through the entire
past history -- that way you can be sure you're not repeating something
that was already said.

> Obviously your preference is the opposite.)

It's a well-known adage:

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?

See also <>.

But I'm not advocating bottom-posting -- I actually prefer inline replies,
which make it clear exactly which part of the message you're replying to.
      |\      _,,,---,,_ |
ZZZzz /,`.-'`'    -.  ;-;;,_		Igor Peshansky, Ph.D. (name changed!)
     |,4-  ) )-,_. ,\ (  `'-'		old name: Igor Pechtchanski
    '---''(_/--'  `-'\_) fL	a.k.a JaguaR-R-R-r-r-r-.-.-.  Meow!

"Las! je suis sot... -Mais non, tu ne l'es pas, puisque tu t'en rends compte."
"But no -- you are no fool; you call yourself a fool, there's proof enough in
that!" -- Rostand, "Cyrano de Bergerac"

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