[access-uk] Re: Top Posting to this list

  • From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 21:06:36 +0100

I guess I'll have to put my moderator's hat on here.

Top replying is the preferred here.

With the type of mail programs the majority of us use, such
as Outlook Express and Outlook, when we open up a message,
we are usually placed at the top of it.  And when we reply
to a message, again we are usually placed at the top of the

I know that there are some program which are capable of
placing you at the beginning of the most recent message to
read it, and at the end of the last message to reply, but
these are not so commonly used.

There is also special message list software, such as used in
the Microsoft Community lists, where individual message are
displayed in frames and sorted is ascending or descending
date sent order.  However, these can be difficult to
navigate - even for some sighted users.

Personally speaking, when I see a message, with many
replies, I don't want to have to read through them all again
to get to the most recent.  I've usually already read them
anyway, and perhaps only just want to browse down the most
recent replies.

If I've asked a question, I know what my question was, so I
again I don't want to have to read through it to get to the

I do take the very valid point that when you are answering
within a message, one should precede your own comment,
perhaps with your initials, especially if chevrons (right
arrows) precede the text to which you are replying, and you
have those filtered out not to be spoken. For example:

>> Tell me your phone number.
GB - 01604 123456
>> what operating system do you use.
GB - Windows Vista Ultimate.

And of course there is also the issue of leaving far too
much of the original message.  Do try and trim out as much
as possible, especially list footers which unfortunately get
repeated each time a message is sent.  I have capped
messages at 10k in size, after which they get referred to
the moderators as being oversize, and a message sent to the
sender to say as much.

Finally spell checkers.  If you have one, please try to use

George Bell
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