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Re: Bottom and Top Posting

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  • Subject: [mg120748] Re: Bottom and Top Posting
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 07:17:32 -0400 (EDT)
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Bottom posting has the advantage that the material is in chronological
order, which is considered so important that some moderated groups require
it. Other than custom, I don't know what other justification there is for

But I much prefer reading top posted responses because the new material is
immediately available in my reading pane, and if I'm interested in the topic
I already know the history. Also, most good replies can practically stand by
themselves without further reference.  I don't have to scroll through
extended material only to find some pro-forma response such as "Thanks!" at
the bottom. Worse, with my clunky Outlook and McAfee anti-virus I don't have
to wait for all the links to be checked before I can scroll to the bottom. I
often just skip looking at bottom posted responses.

If everything was top posted, then it too would have a chronological order,
one that many might consider to be better.

Even worse is interspersed posting, especially without any spaces.

David Park
djmpark at  

From: Helen Read [mailto:readhpr at] 

You might like to add a PlotLabel showing the coordinates.

f[x_] := Sin[x];
pt = {0, 0};
LocatorPane[Dynamic[pt, (pt[[1]] = #[[1]]; pt[[2]] = f[#[[1]]]) &],
  Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}, PlotLabel -> Dynamic[pt]]]


P.S. -- Grumpy OT Aside: When did everyone in the world become 
top-posters? I'm finding it everywhere...newsgroups, email from family, 
friends, co-workers, basically everyone. For years I used to rearrange 
it back to traditional bottom-posting when replying to something that 
was top-posted, but top-posting has become so prevalent that I have 
given up. Did I miss the memo that top-posting is now preferred?

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