Sigh. My two cents.
In fact there are several "correct" ways to reply to messages. Top
posting is only one such way. For some inflexible people it's like a
religion. I suspect you ran into one of those years ago. Inline
replies and even bottom posting are like a religion to other
inflexible people. None of these is the "correct" way to reply.
You can use top posting when you are adding to a conversation. You
can use inline replies when you are discussing points that are already
made. If you put inline lines directly under the point a previous
author made, it makes it possible to follow the discussion,
especially if the discussion becomes complex, and prevents you from
having to make repetative references in the text of your reply when
you're answering each specific point that you respond to. Neither
form should be required. Just make your answer clear, and the
point(s) you're replying to clear, to avoid confusion.
It is always good etiquette to trim un-necessary text from your reply,
but inline replies are perfectly fine for most normal people, and they
don't care if you top post instead. Good etiquette again would be to
cut un-necessary text from your reply. You can leave the reference
to who you are answering, and any sentient text to which you are
replying, in order to avoid other people from having to search for
prior messages in order to figure out what you're talking about.
That's good netetiquette. Anything else would just invite me, and
others, to think your shorts are a few sizes too small.
On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Suzanne <sovagris@...> wrote:
> I completely endorse the plea for trimming posts. But is there a group preference for top-posting or
> Years ago, on another list, I was told in no uncertain terms that the one correct way to reply was to trim the first message down to the relevant few sentences and then top-post your answer. I still do this... but has internet etiquette evolved without me? [Entirely possible, I admit!] Or is it just that the display modes of various e-mail services are somewhat incompatible?