On Thu, 2009-07-09 at 16:57 +0100, Tony Marston wrote:
> It's stupid because there is no valid reason as to why top posting is
> *bad*. 
> It has existed on the internet ever since there was an internet, so
> for 
> someone to stand up and say "I don't like this, so I'll make a rule
> agains 
> it" it just arrogance on their part. 

Tony, I believe I (among others) mentioned a perfectly valid reason for
*not* top-posting.

In-case you forgot, I'll go through it again:

This mailing list is ingested (afaik) in three main ways by people:

     1. One email per message made to the list
     2. Daily email digests
     3. Web-based list archives

Now, it might not make too much difference where the posts are if you
are reading the list by the first means. Yeah, it's annoying seeing
emails that are a mix of top and bottom-posting, but it can be dealt

The second way of reading through the list groups together bunches of
the messages, which is difficult to read if the posting is a mix of top
and bottom.

The web-based content is even more difficult to follow if the posting
types mix.

This list has always used bottom-posting as a convention, because if
everyone sticks to it, the whole thing is made easier to read by both
members and guests reading the list in their browsers.

Someone earlier in the thread mentioned escalators. The convention in
the UK is to stand on the right, and walk on the left. It's different in
the US. Would you try and have an argument with someone on an escalator
because s/he thought you were on the wrong side because you're used to
using a particular side and can't be bothered to go by their
conventions? More and more as you post I find this is actually a likely
scenario, but I'm willing to accept you might not. The thing is, both
these things are general conventions, put in place to benefit others,
which hardly put you out of your way (as I mentioned yesterday, it can
be done in 1-2 seconds)

Please can you not just keep to the convention used on this list? The
list is not here solely for your benefit, but that of others too. People
often come here knowing little of PHP, and making their lives more
difficult by having threads that follow no logical convention is just
rude and inconsiderate.


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