The difference between your 'opinion' and my 'opinion' is that bottom
posting (my opinion) has been formalized as 'correct' etiquette in
RFC1855, whereas top posting has not. I know we're all supposed to be
'empowered to be individuals' in today's society, but there's something to
be said for standards and cooperation (without which there'd be no
Internet at all).
Not true. I've had a gastric bypass and ever since mine is carcenogenic to any
other poor soul caught in the blast. I recognize, acknowledge, and revel in
that knowledge. After all, anything worth doing is worth doing well.
Most top posters tend to quote the entire posting.
First, we shouldn't quote the entire posting that we are responding
to because many people (especially outside the United States) have to
pay for their Internet access by the minute and/or by the amount of data
Secondly, we shouldn't put our comments above the quoted material
because people who aren't directly involved in a discussion themselves
usually follow the logic more easily when they can read the material in
more-or-less chronological order.
And finally, it's completely unnecessary to quote people's "signatures" at
the ends of their postings since they just take up space.
That, sometimes, is the fault of the person with the sig file. Most
newsreaders (even Outhouse) will recognize "-- " on a line by itself as a
sig delimiter. If someone just uses "--", then it's something that looks
like, but is not, a legal sig delimiter.
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