Top posting vs posting styles

nicholas ferguson nicholasferguson at
Wed Sep 24 05:04:25 PDT 2014

Here's Wikipedia:
"While each online community differs on which styles are appropriate or
acceptable, within some communities the use of the "wrong" method risks
being seen as a breach of netiquette, and can provoke vehement response from
community regulars."  And further it says that community regulars citing
breaches of netiquette will cite rfc1855... But wikipedia says that rfc1855
is informational only.

This Wikipedia page also mentions that many businesses encourage top for blackberry etc.. And because of widespread use of top
posting at businesses ( think office email ) bottom posting is now rarely

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:23 PM
To: nicholas ferguson
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Subject: Re: #4 can someone spot problem with simplebootstrap_cpp.cxx

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM, nicholas ferguson
<nicholasferguson at> wrote:

> (2)  Just tell someone they need to make their emails friendly to 
> grouping in archives... what the heck does this mean: "who need 
> n.(n+1)/2 messages instead of n ?"

Your first post had one message
you second one, not only changed the title, but also contained you new
message + a full copy of the previous message.. iow 2 messages your third
one contained a new message a a full copy ot the 2 previous one ....

so the total number of message is SUM(i=1 to n ; i) = n(n+1)/2

> (3)   I didn't understand why one of my emails needed a moderator's
> review... so I started numbering my insure I knew they 
> went through.

Because one or more of them triggered the automated spam filter... and
eventually the message was released from moderation... no need for paranoia

> (1) when you say "top posting"... someone sent me a rather insulting 
> explanation.. and I didn't read it past its first insult.

you have been told by at least 2 different persons on this l ML that top
posting is rude and undesirable for instance Michael told you:

> In general it is also polite netiquette not to top-post, and to cut 
> the context of the mail to the minimum necessary for the discussion.

of course if you think Michael (or I) does not know what he is talking
about, maybe you'll give more weight to a IETF RFC:
- Be brief without being overly terse.  When replying to a message,
      include enough original material to be understood but no more. It
      is extremely bad form to simply reply to a message by including
      all the previous message: edit out all the irrelevant material.

You can, of course, chose to ignore these advices and keep being rude.
heck you may as well post in all-cap at this point...
it really depend what you expect to achieve here... if your goal is to
end-up in the /dev/null filter of most people, you're on the right path.

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