[SLE] Top-posting is so Microsoftish

From: Steven T. Hatton (hattons_at_speakeasy.net)
Date: Sun Oct 13 2002 - 02:20:10 CEST

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    From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons@speakeasy.net>
    Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 20:20:10 -0400
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    Subject: [SLE] Top-posting is so Microsoftish

    It has come time to state my position on top-posting. In the traditional
    world of usenet and mailing list, long before the Ring Wraiths of Redmond had
    spread their darkness over the Internet, it was considered common courtesy to
    reply to a message by adding ones responses, either in-line, after the
    comment to which a particular response was directed, or at the bottom of the
    quoted text.

    After the spread of darkness, many people who were unfamiliar with these long
    honored rules of order, and who were either ignorant of the workings of their
    mail and news clients, or had clients so technologically deficient they could
    not adjust the default. These people began to violate these rules of order,
    not out of malace, but out of ignorance. Indeed, ignorance *is* darkness.

    It is now time to take a stand. Top-posting, that is, posting ones reply above
    the quoted text, is a symbol of darkness. It represents evil. To knowingly
    violate the traditional standard of internet decorum is to willingly partake
    in the darkness. I therefore must declare that, heretofore, all who top-post
    with full knowledge of the above recounted history will be declared 'Windoze
    Users' and shall be shunned by all who honor the good and noble traditions
    which created the Internet.


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