On May 3, 2011, at 5:32 PM, LJonthebay wrote:
> Do you want to know who you are reading/addressing or is a truncated
> e-mail ID or Yahoo screen name sufficient?
I prefer people to sign their names to their communications. It's just
good manners. Do you feel you should not sign a letter simply because
your name is on the envelope? I've never understood the idea that
etiquette or clear writing are somehow less important just because
your letter happens to be delivered via electronic data over wires and
radio signals vs. written or printed words on a sheet of paper sent
through the post.
> Do you care if you read repeated messages, particularly in digest
I find trimming excess information from the messages to which one is
replying to be in the same vein as my above reply. It reduces
complexity, increases comprehension, and is simply good manners. I'm
definitely for it.
> Are top-posted messages easier or harder for you to read?
Personally I prefer replying below the quote while interleaving
replies with the quotes to which I'm replying (as you can see here).
It also just seems more logical to me to reply below the quote. We're
writing in English, a language which is read from the top of the
content through to the bottom. It makes little sense to me to scroll
to the bottom of a message to read down through a few paragraphs, then
scroll up to the next few paragraphs I have to read down through, and
so on, and so on. I'm willing to put up with top-posting of replies if
more people prefer it, though, as current 'net trend seems to favor
top-posting. What really matters to me is consistency! It bugs me when
some replies to a particular thread are above and others are below. It
makes things very, very hard to follow. This also comes down to
trimming your posts. Delete everything except what you're actually
replying to! Don't leave a bunch of extraneous text. Take a couple of
minutes to make messages clearer and simpler and everyone will thank
"..Um..Something strange happened to me this morning."
"Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort
of Sun God robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked
women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"
"Why am I the only person that has that dream?"