[kdepim-users] Kmail Paragraph Spacing

Anne Wilson annew at kde.org
Tue Nov 3 09:21:18 GMT 2009

On Monday 02 November 2009 22:22:03 djmills at netspace.net.au wrote:
> By the way.  I had always thought that when replying to an email the reply
>  should appear above the original quoted text.  I have started to notice
>  that other people such as yourself do the opposite - put the reply text
>  below the original message.  You use this approach.  What can you tell me
>  about the 2 choices?
In personal replies, top-posting is fine.  It's usually a short conversation 
between you and a friend, or you and a business associate, and both of you 
already know what it's about.  The quote below is simply a reminder of what 
was said, if necessary.  List posting is different.

Imagine that you have had a problem that created a long thread in a list, but 
eventually solved the problem for you.  Imagine then that someone next month 
has the same problem and does a google search for the answer.  They are quite 
likely to find a post that is in the middle of the thread.  If replies are 
interspersed (best) or bottom-posted (acceptable) they can read down the whole 
thing in the order it was written.  If some people top-post and others bottom-
post it becomes an unreadable mess, so doesn't help the person that needed 
help.  I hope that puts it into context for you.

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