about posting a reply

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jennifer Motta, May 24, 2005.

  1. Stupid question... bear with me!!! I don't think that I'm posting my
    replies correctly. Should I hit reply and type what I want above? Or
    below?
    I do it different every time and sometimes there are so many posts its hard
    to follow
     
    Jennifer Motta, May 24, 2005
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  2. Jennifer Motta

    Richard H. Guest

    This is a religious topic in some groups - it's best to follow the
    convention of the group. The volume here seems low enough that the
    pedants are busy elsewhere, so it doesn't really matter. :)

    Most folks who care about it want "bottom posting", with the logic that
    reading a single post one can see the flow of conversation.

    For short notes, I bottom-post to save the grief. For longer,
    multi-point posts, it reads better if you intersperse your comments and
    cut out non-essential content from the prior post.

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard H., May 24, 2005
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  3. You have that right.


    Agreed. Here, in this newsgroup, bottom posting or interspersed seems to
    be the norm. In other groups, especially the Microsoft ones, you'll get
    chewed out for bottom posting. In still other newsgroups, top posting will
    garnish similar results. In the end, I just decided to do what seemed
    natural - quoting what I'm replying to, with heavily editing to the key
    point, and posting a response following that.

    Stewart
     
    Dwight Stewart, May 24, 2005
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  4. Jennifer Motta

    Richard H. Guest

    Ditto. This seems to appease all parties.

    The vocal detractors of bottom-posting usually gripe about having to
    scroll through reams to find the reply; snipping fixes that problem.

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard H., May 24, 2005
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  5. How do you snip?? Are you just doing the copy and paste thing?? then typing
    (snip) ??
     
    Jennifer Motta, May 24, 2005
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  6. Jennifer Motta

    dadiOH Guest

    Just "reply to group", highlight what you want to dump and delete. Some
    people include a <snip>, only necessary IMO if the lack of what was
    deleted might give a different meaning to what was quoted.

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    dadiOH, May 24, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    I don't care about top or bottom posting, so long as the responder
    trims their attributed material. I hate getting an entire previous
    message quoted back with a one-line "that's good info" response.
     
    Rob Novak, May 24, 2005
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  8. Set your newsreader to quote the previous message within the reply and
    then edit what was quoted. I add "(snip)" to politely let others know I
    edited the content. Once you get used to it, it only takes a few seconds to
    edit a quote. The biggest advantage, in my opinion, is that it makes your
    message much more readable, to the point, and therefore more effective.

    Stewart
     
    Dwight Stewart, May 25, 2005
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  9. I now avoid the "<>" characters after discovering some HTML-based
    newsreaders, such as those used for web pages, mistakenly interpret that as
    HTML code. The characters I use, "()," are rarely interpreted wrong by any
    newsreader.

    Stewart
     
    Dwight Stewart, May 25, 2005
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  10. like that???
     
    Jennifer Motta, May 25, 2005
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  11. There are no rules. Do what feels comfortable to you. In other words,
    develop your own style.

    Stewart
     
    Dwight Stewart, May 25, 2005
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  12. I think I like it on top better... lol
     
    Jennifer Motta, May 25, 2005
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  13. Jennifer Motta

    Rob Novak Guest

    To illustrate the issue at hand (why some people see this as
    counter-intuitive and curse the day Microsoft made this behavior the
    default in Outhouse Express)...

    ---- Cut here ----

    Answer: After the quoted material

    ---- Cut here ----

    Top-posting works when it's a simple reply to a simple thread. As the
    threads get deeper, it becomes harder to maintain context if
    everything is a mix of top- and bottom-posting and no-one bothers to
    trim their attributions.

    In the example above, you need to scroll through all of the quoted
    material to attempt to find the question that's being answered on the
    first line. Many times, that quoted material ends up being pages and
    pages long because people can't figure out how to highlight-n-delete.
     
    Rob Novak, May 25, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Paul Mitchum, May 25, 2005
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  15. Jennifer Motta

    Jennifer M. Guest

    I don't care about top or bottom posting, so long as the responder
    trims their attributed material. I hate getting an entire previous
    message quoted back with a one-line "that's good info" response.
    [/QUOTE]

    I agree... thats why I asked. Especially once the post gets long.. it can
    get annoying!
     
    Jennifer M., May 25, 2005
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  16. Jennifer Motta

    Rob Novak Guest

    You agree, but then quoted the entire exchange.

    Highlight and delete

    Highlight and delete

    Highlight and delete

    Repeat until you get it.

    Yeesh. You'd think you were using AOL.
     
    Rob Novak, May 26, 2005
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  17. Jennifer Motta

    Jennifer M. Guest

    Is that better?!?! I only left it all because it wasn't very long...geesh.
    lol
     
    Jennifer M., May 26, 2005
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