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Re: bottom posting

From: Isak Delberth Davids
Subject: Re: bottom posting
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:28:52 +0000

> People who have been doing mailing lists for years or decades tend to bottom-post

My two cents: On this dynamic planet, we have adjusted rules to adopt to newer inventions, developments and trends.

For example, when cellular phones came, they were (at least in my institution) totally forbidden to be brought into any library. Because at that time, the sole purpose was communicating to others. But now, we have realized that academic work can be greatly be enhanced by smart devises --- say via data storage, ebooks, computing software, etc. Hence, the rule gets relaxed and improved --- all electronic devices must be kept in silent mode in the library.


On 23 June 2017 at 21:04, Mike Miller <address@hidden> wrote:
On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 14:23:13 -0400, Nicholas Jankowski wrote:
> The result:  expect all new users to toppost. expect all long time users to
> have to ask new users to bottom post. expect there to be many conversations
> with long repeat quotes. and expect there to be periodic musing
> conversations about top and bottom posting.

Perfect summation, thanks :)

People who have been doing mailing lists for years or decades tend to
bottom-post, cut and quote judiciously, minimize non-ASCII content, and
reply to the list, assuming everyone is subscribed.

We should be very tolerant of new users who aren't familiar with these
cultural norms, but encourage them to consider adopting them if they
hang around the community for more than one question or discussion.

I am personally done with admonishing people for not bottom-posting,
there are much bigger things to worry about.


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