[erlang-questions] Announcing Erlang.org Code of Conduct

Bengt Kleberg <>
Wed Mar 25 08:14:00 CET 2015


Greetings,

To me the good part with top posting is the knowledge that nobody is 
editing the quoted part. A top post where the quoted content is heavily 
edited is not better than inline comments. Again, to me.

To trawl carefully through the quoted content in a top post message 
looking for added content is futile. If there is more content it is not 
a top post. Just the normal inline comment kind of email.

There might be statistics that show how top posters write with less 
effort than inline commentors. That I have not heard of it does not 
prove anything. But I much prefer a effortless email that is helpful, to 
a carefully quote edited message where lots of effort has gone into 
being unhelpful and unpleasant.
To be clear, the unedited quoted contents below are both helpful and 
pleasant.


bengt

On 03/24/2015 01:45 AM, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
> There is top posting where the quoted material
> has been carefully pruned to just the relevant bits.
>
> And there is top posting where the entire previous
> message has been included without thought, and I have
> to trawl carefully through it to see if I have missed
> some added material.  I imagine it is that kind of
> post that has given top posting a bad name.
>
> "What is written without effort is in general
> read without pleasure." — Samuel Johnson.
>
>
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