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Re: Top or bottom posting; does it really matter? [message #411329 is a reply to message #411308] Tue, 28 September 2021 02:18 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Charles Richmond is currently offline  Charles Richmond
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> On 26/09/2021 21:44, Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote:
>> On Sun, 26 Sep 2021 20:51:37 +0100
>> gareth evans <headstone255@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>> In groups.io, a similar facility to usenet, top posting predominates.
>>
>>     It is common politeness, when joining a group, to adopt the
>> conventions of that group, it is a joy when those conventions are also
>> sensible and a minor burden when they are not.
>>
>
> But are conventions determined by historical
> personages some of whom are long dead, or do
> the later contributors also have a say in what is a convention?
>
Historically (and probably now), the members of a group decide who
should be allowed to post. Each person's newsreader software allowed a
list of addresses to be maintained... and would automatically discard
messages from that address. If the majority of members of a group had
your address on their "discard" list, effectively you were kept out.

(There is a name for that "discard" list... but I can not remember it
now...)

Some "official" groups (not "alt.*" groups) are moderated by an "admin",
and you have to be officially admitted to the group by that admin.


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