Keith rather haughtily wrote:
- BTW, I wouldn't expect top-posters to "get it".
What's might be the funniest thing about this entire thread is those of
you that responded to my "confusion" as if you thought it was a serious
BTW, Which end of a poster is the top?
True, but irrelevant.
Don't ignore the difference between a usenet POST and a usenet THREAD.
That is important. When reading a post in a thread, the reader has
ALREDAY been exposed to the quoted material, the response (at whatever
location in that post) is read AFTER that other stuff.
Things (claiming to demonstrate the error of top-posting) like this:
What is 1 greater than 12?
ignore the actual sequence these lines are posted in. For that, you
have at least TWO messages. The first:
What is 1 greater than 12?
And the second:
The lines are seen in the intended order (question first). The
position of "13" in the later post DOESN'T CHANGE THE ORDER because
you have ALREADY been exposed to the question.
It definitely DOES help, particularly with very large amounts of
quoted material (if you think it's really easy to scroll down, you
probably forgot about the HUNDREDS of new messages in some groups, try
that "easy" scrolling when your fingers are sore from doing it
hundreds of times).
What do you think a "usenet thread" is?
Notice that you totally ignored the major point of my post. That's
what happens when people follow rules religiously (that is,
You might notice that I seldom top-post. This is the effect of my
doing what makes sense to me, not mindless rule-following and ignoring
Not necessarily true. Usenet does not guarantee delivery
of postings so a reader may be coming into the middle of
a thread. Also, people don't always continuously subscribe
to newsgroups so they may have missed earlier postings.
You may have read all the postings in a thread but that
doesn't mean everyone else has.
On Tue, 9 Jan 2007 09:33:59 PST, email@example.com
(Everett M. Greene) wrote:
The occasional droid who's jumping in in the middle of the thread,
or who can't keep track of a conversation from one minute to the
next, is perfectly welcome to scroll down and look for context.
No reason why everyone else should have to read along with him.
Right. The first time I heard this mentioned, was while waiting for a
college electronics class to start. Before class, one of them was
asking "Why is it that when you look into a mirror, you appear
reversed left to right but not up and down?".
I seem to have solved that problem earlier, when learning to drive.
Someone was telling me about looking in the rear view mirror and
seeing a turn signal on a car behind. I realized that it was "left"
and "right" (not the directions themselves) that were reversed. It was
a lot easier to ignore the "left/right" and just notice the direction
the car was signaling.
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