The issue of top-posting has caused a few candid discussions on the mailing list. Here we explain what it is and why it causes so much bad feeling.

What is top-posting?

Top-posting is putting the text of your reply above the text of the original message:

From: "Nigel" <nigel@toppostingrules.co.uk>

Have you tried loading the lp module?

 1. modprobe lp

Original message from Terry:
>
> My printer won't work. I've plugged it into a parallel port
> and nothing happens when I click on "Print" in Mozilla.
>
> Regards
> Terry
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> Please post to: hants@mailman.lug.org.uk
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> LUG URL: http://www.hantslug.org.uk
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Please post to: hants@mailman.lug.org.uk
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LUG URL: http://www.hantslug.org.uk
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Note that the list signature has been appended to the message twice, once in the original and once in the reply.

What other way is there of doing it?

From: "Nigel" <nigel@toppostingrules.co.uk>

Original message from Terry:
> My printer won't work. I've plugged it into a parallel port
> and nothing happens when I click on "Print" in Mozilla.

Have you tried loading the lp module?

 1. modprobe lp

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Please post to: hants@mailman.lug.org.uk
Web Interface: http://mailman.lug.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/hants 
LUG URL: http://www.hantslug.org.uk
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Observe how the suggested solution comes after the description of the problem.

Love it or Hate it?

Why People Hate Top-Posting

There are several people on the MailingList who dislike top-posting, for these reasons:

Why People Love Top-Posting

Some people on the MailingList have said that top-posting is better because:

You Decide

Our last discussion on top-posting did not reach a definite consensus, although more people expressed an opinion against it than in favour. It's up to you whether or not to top-post, but you should now be aware of the strong feeling on the list about it. If you top-post you are likely to get requests to stop doing so. How you deal with these requests is up to you. However you lay out your replies, please trim leftover garbage from your message.

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MailingList/TopPosting (last edited 2010-07-04 12:17:48 by AdamTrickett)