[nSLUG] OT: top/bottom posts and trimming [was: Does Anyone Recognise This Guy's Phone Number]

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Tue Mar 11 10:31:45 ADT 2008

That is a common, and contrived display/argument. It would be a useful  
one iff you presume that the reader only gets the last message in a  
thread, and reads just that one long message.

It is far more common that people read individual messages in the  
sending order, as they arrive, and thus, older (quoted) messages are  
included as a reference and not meant to be the primary source. If the  
reader needs the reference, they can scroll down; but the assumption  
when writing should be that your reader is paying attention - and  
forcing everyone to read (or at least scroll) through what they  
already know is just a bad idea.

Quoting Daniel MacKay <daniel at bonmot.ca>:

> Because it does not follow the natural order of the conversation.
> Why is top posting bad?
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