Tony Marston wrote:

You've been told more than twice, it isn't an arbitrary rule. It isn't
a petty rule. It isn't about perfection.

It is arbitrary. It is petty. It is about someone's idea of perfection.

One of us clearly manifests a reality gap. How many people do you
have siding with your position, on this list?

It's about clarity. So that the threaded archives are intelligible
instead of jumbled. So that the post-by-post emails properly read from
top to bottom.

That's why other newsgroups allow top posting because the response in each post is at the top, where the newsreader starts, so you don't have to scroll over the text of the previous post to get to the important stuff.

This is not a newsgroup. It is an email list that archives emails
on the web site, and has a newsgroup subscribed.

If a thread contained 30 posts would you really want the text of all 30 contained in the same message? How difficult would it be to separate one message from another?

What broken program (or script) puts the text of 30 posts into the
same post? You seem to be grasping at straws.

It's also about courtesy, not dropping dingleberries dozens or scores
of lines long (and some of you others could stand to snip the extraneous
even though you do properly bottom-post).

So what are the rules about snipping then?

You're the 30-year professional, figure them out. I'm Still Learnin'

ps- bye.

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