All the software on the web forums I've been on give you the option to
customize how your messages are displayed (mixed, threaded, reversed;
for example), and the time period of messages to be displayed (last 24
hours, last two days, last week, etc.).
How your parameters are set determines how you see the messages. I
always set mine so that all the newest messages are first. Seems the
logical order of things.
Some software optionally quotes earlier messages in a separate box,
other software doesn't, consequently top or bottom posting is never an
At the risk of repeating myself, this would never be an issue if
bottom posters would trim all but the relavent parts of the post to
which they're replying instead of the whole friggin' thread. But they
don't. My mission then is to top post (and vigorously edit) whenever
possible to try and set a good example of how to logically
OK, ok, Ok, I HAVE to chime in :-)
Just sitting here reading this thread - and although I am a top-poster - I
am not a zealot, but gee - its so much easier for me as I read a thread,
(knowing I am inside a thread you seeee...), and as I go from message to
message, the next part of the conversation is the FIRST part I see -
advantage to top posters.
When I strike bottom posters, or mid posters, as I go to next message, I
have to LOCATE the releveant next bit....multiply this by the number of
messages in a troll thread (oops) like this one, that has me sucked in, and
it gets aggravating.
I date from 300/1200 push buttom manual connect modems, with no transfer
resume xmodem protocols, that meant EVERY byte wasted hurt lots of people, I
am now just coming in to the 90's.....:-)
Pls just try to picture me kicking back relaxing, reading my fav newsgroup,
hitting next, read, next , read, next, o...scroll, look, scroll a little -
ahh there, read, next, read, next, arggh scroll a little read, spit on
screen, scroll, ah no more there, next....blahg blah blah. :-)
My tuppeny bit's worth..
P.S. On topic bit - well, I have lost more tools than I can count over the
years, and dome more unreturned favours than that. Why keep going? The
gift is in the giving, not the condition of a return. Still are people who
I would'nt give to, and the OP's people - pfft wouldn't even knock the top
off a beer for em after the treatment first time - and I can see a LOOOOT of
pain coming for OP if he doesnt heed the warning signs...
Ciao 4 Niao
As do I, but my newsreader makes it easy. I press [shift]+[space] and it
finds the unquoted text. Some posters don't use the same "greater than
delimited" text format, so it doesn't always work. It works most of the
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
I usually pick up a book and start reading FOLLOWING what I have read
previously, and look back at the previous couple of paragraphs if I
need a refresher on where I left off. I seldom expect Chapter 9 to now
be at the front of the book, and have to scroll through multiple
chapters to find the material most recently read.
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
If you do a poll of people who say "PIN number" or "ATM machine"
you'll get results even more skewed than that--probably something like
300:1. And all 300 of those on "popular" side are wrong.
Guess who's the 1?
If you really want to piss folks off, start a new thread with each of your
replies... damn, I hate when people do that...
" At this point in time" makes perfect sense. If one were to say "at this
point", he did not specify what point he was referring to. It could be a
point in the room, a point in the galaxy, the point on his head. By saying
"at this point in time", he is specifying a specific point. Kind of like a
car salesman standing in front of a lot of 500 cars and saying "this car is
the best deal on the lot". Which car? He didn't say.
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