On 27-Oct-2015 22:08 -0500, Justin Dearing wrote:
Ok my bad, let me bottom quote


FWiW:

I believe the common vernacular would be bottom-post; i.e. to include the quoted text at the top, and then compose the reply after. Regardless...

And while there seems to be no apparent /expected/ posting protocol on the lists, please do note that by including the quote at the top and composing the reply on the bottom, there is benefit for the midrange archives. That benefit is visible in the hover-over text. That text seems consistently functional, i.e. giving worthwhile effect, only when following the /compose reply at the bottom/ means of composing a message. Thus arguably, the convention of posting reply-text at the bottom could be considered a courtesy to anyone utilizing the archives,

For example, of your two consecutive posts seen listed in this thread as seen here [http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l/201510/threads.html#00823] [note: the effects of the position-to on the message number, seen on the end of the URL, will become effective only if\when there are sufficient posts in this month and appearing threaded _under_ those two messages]. The first of those messages was composed using top-posting [quoted text follows the composed reply-text] versus the second which was composed using bottom-posting [quoted text precedes the composed reply-text]. As a result:

The context revealed using hover-over with the first is some seemingly random amalgam of two single-line snippets from some prior replies, followed by a bunch of the automatically appended text by the midrange email listing software about unsubscribing [<sarcasm> So very useful </sarcasm>], but most definitely *not* any text provided in your reply. The only way a person perusing the list of messages can see what was your reply, is by visiting the link; i.e. the hover-over is quite useless, because none of your reply is visible.

Contrast that with...

The context revealed using hover-over with the second is most definitely all of the text provided in your reply; including, and IMO somewhat surprisingly, even the one line of text that was composed on the top, *and* followed by *all of the text* composed on the bottom. Anyone perusing the list of messages can see what was your reply, directly from the hover-over, because *all of your reply is visible* there, without ever having opened the link.


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