[time-nuts] Subject: Listening to the List Owner

Peter Gottlieb nerd at verizon.net
Wed Sep 21 12:07:30 UTC 2011

Here, I'll top post this, and explain why.  It is frequently very difficult to 
follow a complex thread due to different indentings, split up messages, some 
groups not accepting HTML (like Yahoo's intermittent problems), and just plain 
efficiency.  I have frequently missed points because I didn't spend time to comb 
through a long thread to see a few words of response buried deep in the 
message.  I also get a rather large volume of mail, much of which has a pretty 
low SNR.  The quickest, most efficient method in my experience is to top post 
when there is a single point to communicate.  Obviously, if you want to cover 
many points of a long message, then it makes sense to be inserting the comments 
in the proper locations, so you will see me doing that when appropriate.

Besides, what is more important:  the ideas someone has, or their posting 
style?  When the posting style becomes more important in a group than the ideas, 
I find that's usually not the place for me (and I know there are many others who 
share that sentiment, it's far from original).  I suspect we can all easily 
adapt to either, both, or an as-appropriate mix of posting styles.


On 9/21/2011 7:43 AM, Rob Kimberley wrote:
> David,
> I appreciate the subtle humour here, but virtually all people I communicate
> with top post, and I've been using email since the early 90s. It is only
> groups like this where it seems to be a problem.  Maybe it is a function of
> the mail reader that is being used, (not sure on that one), but I think you
> will find that you are in the minority.
> Rob
> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
> Behalf Of David J Taylor
> Sent: 21 September 2011 10:42 AM
> To: 'Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement'
> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Subject: Listening to the List Owner
>> Nothing wrong with top posting my friend!
>> Rob K
> Please see:
>    http://www.html-faq.com/etiquette/?toppost
> Cheers,
> David
> --

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