Mephitis mephitis, Philosophiæ Doctor (floyd_mephit) wrote,
Mephitis mephitis, Philosophiæ Doctor
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are you a top or a bottom

Does anyone here top-post on email replies?  That is, do any of you type your replies at the top of the email back to them, or do you go to the bottom of the email to do it?  I top-post as a rule on my emails, which is apparently a netiquette taboo.  I never top-post on Usenet, but always in email because the two have different conversational flows - Usenet conversations are threaded and therefore flow relatively easily, and you're supposed to only quote the minimum of the above article, so bottom-posting doesn't usually cause a need to scroll past much of the quoting.  But email isn't threaded and therefore it can be quite annoying to figure out what a reply is referencing if the original text is truncated.  Therefore bottom-posting requires the recipient to scroll through a lot of text (that they themselves wrote) to get the (often one word or one sentance) reply.  I don't like making others do that so I put it right at the top so it's the first part they read.  Also, at work I use a signature file, which is around 6 to 9 lines deep, and unless careful pruning of the quoted text is done it becomes dissociated from the matching text and after a few rounds of reply ping-pong it becomes annoying to figure out who wrote what.

A relevant article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-posting   but, I would just like to know who actually does it and who does not.
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