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

Miguel Gonçalves mail at miguelgoncalves.com
Wed Sep 21 12:27:18 UTC 2011

I really find it funny (to say the least) that in the XXI century people concentrate on form rather than content when using such an informal medium as e-mail.

This resembles professional and academic titles that people insist on appending to their names. These human beings are all about appearance. When you squeeze then there's little juice. It's ridiculous!

Regarding HTML mail it's like still using, today, a text based console e-mail client on a VAX/VMS! Fortunately punch cards went away a while ago!

By the way, HTML is a standard and I find it perfectly acceptable to have it used to format content of an e-mail. Are you against standards?

I bet you use MIME or do you attach the links to an FTP server for large files? Not an HTTP server as HTTP was not designed to transfer files. 

I believe we have to be flexible and open in the world we live today. 


PS: Sorry for any typos as English is not my main language. 

On 21/09/2011, at 13:07, Peter Gottlieb <nerd at verizon.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Peter
> 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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