[Slackdocs] Suggestion for Reply Order Structure in the List

Rodrigo Amorim Ferreira rodrigo at codecommunity.org
Wed Aug 29 00:04:19 CEST 2012

On Tue, 2012-08-28 at 16:54 -0500, Gerardo Zamudio wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM, Rodrigo Amorim Ferreira
> <rodrigo at codecommunity.org> wrote:
>         Hi there,
>         In a few emails in this discussion list I saw many different
>         forms of
>         REPLY (or GROUP REPLY) that, I think, is disturbing the
>         discussion. So,
>         I have a suggestion for everyone:
>         Based on the e-mail reply structure of many client-based (or
>         web) email
>         account, I think will be better for everyone only answer
>         emails in the
>         top part of the body (and not in the bottom part). That way we
>         can
>         maintain a decreasing time-based answer system in any email
>         present in
>         each thread.
>         What do you think?
>         Best Regards
>         Rodrigo
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> Common mailing list etiquette is to put replies at the bottom of
> quoted messages. This way the converation flows more naturally. Here
> is an old BSD joke regarding this matter:
> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
> Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?
> Several people have commented that the Gmail interface is not adequate
> for mailing lists, but I've had no problem. Gmail automatically hides
> quotes, signatures, and footers and leaves only replies. If you have
> Conversation View enabled the threads look just like forum threads.
> Example: http://i.imgur.com/9Zxco.png
> One thing we could do is cut down on quoting. Only quote the parts
> that are relevant to the reply. 

Well, if you all prefer answer in the bottom part of the email (because
etiquete, or some personal reasons), no problem. But we need a
"standard" :)

But I still prefer answer emails on the top part because the answer will
appear immediately after open the email message (and you don't need to
scroll down all the way to find the "n" answer in a big enough thread).
And the other answers will appear in a perfect reverse order bellow.

NOTE: I create this email thread because I saw many different forms of
reply :) I think we need to create (or use) a standard to discuss in
this Mailing List.

Best Regards.

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