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

David Payne david at payneful.ca
Tue Mar 11 10:23:41 ADT 2008


On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 10:31:45AM -0300, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> 
> 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.

I think the point is not everyone gets to read the messages 
in the sending order, as they arrive.  I mean, we have nSLUG 
archives.

Why make someone read the whole thread if just a few 
messages interest them.  In that case having responses 
bellow what is being responded to will help greatly.

David



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