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hello,

would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have www
access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express and click
reply group and that's all. what the top posting all about..?

Kind Regards,
Ravishankar

Aug 13 '07 #1
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Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have www
access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express and click
reply group and that's all. what the top posting all about..?
It would be top-posting if I would put my answer above your question
instead of below it. See also for example

http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de
Aug 13 '07 #2

"Jens Thoms Toerring" <jt@toerring.de wrote in message
news:5i******** *****@mid.uni-berlin.de...
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have www
access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express and click
reply group and that's all. what the top posting all about..?

It would be top-posting if I would put my answer above your question
instead of below it. See also for example

http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de
- Thanks Jens. Quite simple ha ! In other news groups, they didnt bother
about the way I posted..!
Aug 13 '07 #3
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
"Jens Thoms Toerring" <jt@toerring.de wrote in message
news:5i******** *****@mid.uni-berlin.de...
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have www
access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express and click
reply group and that's all. what the top posting all about..?
It would be top-posting if I would put my answer above your question
instead of below it. See also for example

http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de
- Thanks Jens. Quite simple ha ! In other news groups, they didnt bother
about the way I posted..!
In the more technical newsgroups people normally care since it's
important to really understand what the others are writing. Now,
if you would follow the advice from the link above and also re-
move unnecessary stuff like signatures, i.e. everything from the
line with just two dashes and below (and all text not relevant
anymore) from your replies it would be perfect;-)

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de
Aug 13 '07 #4
Ravishankar S wrote:
"Jens Thoms Toerring" <jt@toerring.de wrote in message
news:5i******** *****@mid.uni-berlin.de...
>Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
>>would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have www
access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express and click
reply group and that's all. what the top posting all about..?
It would be top-posting if I would put my answer above your question
instead of below it. See also for example

http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de

- Thanks Jens. Quite simple ha ! In other news groups, they didnt bother
about the way I posted..!

You should also learn not to quote signatures (the bit after the -- ),
you news reader should be set to trim them by default.

--
Ian Collins.
Aug 13 '07 #5
On Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:05:55 +0000, Jens Thoms Toerring wrote:
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
>"Jens Thoms Toerring" <jt@toerring.de wrote in message
news:5i******* ******@mid.uni-berlin.de...
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
would any kind soul explain what is top posting, since i dont have
www access. to reply to a post, i open it in the outlook express
and click reply group and that's all. what the top posting all
about..?

It would be top-posting if I would put my answer above your question
instead of below it. See also for example

http://www.caliburn.nl/topposting.html

Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\______________ ____________ http://toerring.de
>- Thanks Jens. Quite simple ha ! In other news groups, they didnt
bother about the way I posted..!

In the more technical newsgroups people normally care since it's
important to really understand what the others are writing.
What is interesting is there seems to be a meme whereby top-
posting is intrisically bad, to be avoided at all costs.

Aug 13 '07 #6
In article <f9**********@n ews4.fe.interne t.bosch.com>,
Ravishankar S <s.***********@ de.bosch.comwro te:
....
>- Thanks Jens. Quite simple ha ! In other news groups, they didnt bother
about the way I posted..!
The participants in other newsgroups have these things called "lives".

Aug 13 '07 #7
Ivar Rosquist said:

<snip>
What is interesting is there seems to be a meme whereby top-
posting is intrisically bad, to be avoided at all costs.
No, not really. It is *thoughtlessnes s* that is to be avoided at all
costs.

Organising an article takes a little thought. If you have something to
say that is not part of a direct reply to something another person has
written, whether you place it at the top or the bottom of your article
is really a matter of common sense. It might be more helpful to your
readers to read it first (before your point-by-point reply), or
afterwards (i.e. after the point-by-point).

But a reply that addresses a particular piece of text should quote that
piece of text and follow the quotation. Any piece of text not being
addressed should be replaced by <snipmarks.

If the whole of the reply is addressed to the text as a whole rather
than to a particular part of it, then the whole text should be removed,
and a short, fair summary of it placed at the top of the article, with
the reply underneath it.

<snip>

--
Richard Heathfield <http://www.cpax.org.uk >
Email: -www. +rjh@
Google users: <http://www.cpax.org.uk/prg/writings/googly.php>
"Usenet is a strange place" - dmr 29 July 1999
Aug 13 '07 #8
I agree with your views on this. What I don't like are the self-
appointed network policemen, whose kneejerk reaction is just to condemn
top posting, without qualifications, as though top-posting were something
intrinsically evil.

Aug 13 '07 #9
Ivar Rosquist wrote:
I agree with your views on this. What I don't like are the self-
appointed network policemen, whose kneejerk reaction is just to condemn
top posting, without qualifications, as though top-posting were something
intrinsically evil.
Imagine, if you will, that I have just recently subscribed to this
newsgroup. I see that there is a thread on this subject, which interests
me, so I download headers, starting from yours.

What can I understand of this discussion?

Whether you top post (which I believe is rarely, if ever, appropriate)
or you intersperse your replies appropriately intermixed with the
relevant portions of the post to which you are responding, I think it is
good practice to quote sufficient of the post that your response makes
sense even if the rest of the thread is not visible.
Aug 13 '07 #10

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