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Re: Top or bottom posting; does it really matter? [message #411374 is a reply to message #411332] Wed, 29 September 2021 12:54 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Charles Richmond is currently offline  Charles Richmond
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On 9/28/2021 8:09 AM, Questor wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:58:58 +0100, gareth evans <headstone255@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Netiquette is not etiquette.
>
> It certainly is. It is a branch of etiquette that deals specifically with
> online communications.
>

[... quoted material omitted ...]

> Layout matters, viz:
>
> https://keepmeme.com/meme/you-matter-dont-give-up-or-you-don t-matter-give-up
>
>
> Every so often some pedant comes along and advances the argument that some part
> of estabilished etiquette, for example, shop clerks asking "how are you" or
> wishing you a nice day -- to say nothing of "please" and "thank you" -- are
> superfluous and unnecessary because they convey no information and are just some
> outdated, arbitrary convention, and thus can be discarded. They ignore that,
> among other things, these phrases actually provide useful functions: they can
> reveal intentions, set expectations, and generally establish a framework for
> successful transactions between strangers. You might think of them as verbal
> lubricant, or liken them to a computer protocol that allows two hetrogeneous
> computers to exchange data. Be it place settings, wedding invitations, or some
> other etiquette matter, the same tired arguments regarding their irrelevance
> are made periodically, and same valid refutations are made in return.
>
> And so it is with netiquette, and most frequently, the top/bottom posting issue.
> That horse is long dead, beaten into a grease spot, and even the bones are
> turning to dust. The overwhelming consensus is that bottom posting and
> judicious trimming of long posts is the proper course. Exceptions are rare,
> and continued top posting marks one as a newbie or a self-declared iconoclast
> who thinks they are championing reason, freedom, or some other abstraction.
> But they are just ignorant, or being selfish and childish. They tilt at
> windmills in their mind.
>

Is there an RFC somewhere that discusses all this???



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