----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel Brown" <danbr...@php.net>
To: "PHP General" <php-general@lists.php.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:25 PM
Subject: [PHP] Reminder On Mailing List Rules

   Hey, Folks;

   Just a gentle reminder after watching things get worse by the day:
it is one of the rules of this and all official php.net mailing lists
that you must not top-post.

   For anyone wondering just one of the reasons why we have this rule
in effect, tab through this thread in the archives:


   See how disastrous and headache-inducing it looks?  You wouldn't
put code together looking like spaghetti thrown at a wall and smashed
into the carpet, especially knowing your clients and peers would see
it, would you?  It's a very similar situation here: your every word is
being recorded in literally hundreds of places simultaneously,
preserved as educational and professional reference material for
current and future developers --- and not just in the PHP programming
language, but in computer programming in general, as theories lend
themselves to apply to other situations as well.  Many of you take the
time out of your busy schedules to voluntarily impart knowledge on
people of varying degrees of skills and abilities, which is beyond
commendable; so why not take just a couple of extra seconds to show
pride in your participation, lead by example, and continue to set the
bar high, rather than simply settling for the quickest Twitter-like
"R/T" to a post?  ;-P

   The ultimate goal here isn't to start a flame war (or even any
further discussion on the subject for that matter), but to point out
that this is a RULE of the official community here, not a PREFERENCE.

   P.S. - Those of you who have been around for years will likely
recall with some fondness the level of respect, participation, and
quality of discussions this list once had; the degree of mutual
respect and camaraderie was palpable.  If you're wondering if those
days have really diminished into little more than granular memory,
it's not just you --- check the following graph for some rather
disturbing evidence:


</Daniel P. Brown>
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I'm not familiatr with the term "top-post"; could you please explain?

Best wishes


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