> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ashley Sheridan [mailto:a...@ashleysheridan.co.uk]
> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 2:07 PM
> To: Tony Marston
> Cc: php-general@lists.php.net
> Subject: Re: [PHP] Obeying the rules (was Simple login form with
> cookies)
> 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
> with.
> 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.
> Thanks
> Ash
> www.ashleysheridan.co.uk
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Having just come in to the particular thread, I actually have work that
keeps me away from here, I'm wondering why this is worth the energy and time
I have seen wasted on this subject. Seems to me everyone needs to take a
deep breath and a step back. As far as anyone going against convention,
seems to me that people who think outside the box, go against convention,
break the rules, whatever are the ones who keep life interesting and
occasionally help us find something new. I would hate to live in a real life
"Stepford Wives" existence.

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