[amsat-bb] Re: Email etiquette - was Re: Re: Moon

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Tue Apr 13 14:12:58 PDT 2010

At 04:50 AM 4/14/2010, Tom Azlin N4ZPT wrote:
>Guess times change. Top posting is the standard on some reflectors.
>Especially with folks reading using small screens.

Doesn't bother me either way, provided people trim unnecessary quotes 
from their emails.  I prefer things done in order, like this message, 
but as long as it's possible to follow the conversation, I'm fine with it. :)

In order of increasing annoyance:

Properly quoted messages with trimmed quotes.  May be more than one 
part of quoted text with new comments following.  - This is my 
preferred format.

Top posting with quotes trimmed - Also a good option, and probably 
the easiest for users of Outlook to manage.

No quoting at all - This can cause confusion, as there is no context.

Top posting without trimming quotes - Now we're starting to waste 
bandwidth, especially on mobile devices.  However, this format is a 
good one when forwarding emails, and is in common business usage, 
where it is often the most appropriate format, e.g. "Can you please 
respond to this customer's query...".

Bottom posting without trimming quotes - This is HIGHLY annoying, 
especially for mobile users.  People reading the email have to scroll 
through pages of quotes, to see anything new.  And it's several times 
as many screens on a mobile device to get through all that crud...

Improperly quoted email - Emails where it is difficult to tell quoted 
material from new material (usually because of careless formatting) 
are particularly difficult to follow.

Fully quoted email, no new content - Why repost an email without 
commenting on it?  A total waste of bandwidth, and a waste of the 
reader's time.

In all cases, quoting of mailing list footers is particularly 
annoying, as this adds no useful value.

Think of your readers.  Email rules are changing, IMHO, and compared 
to traditional "Netiquette", you'll notice these tips are very open 
and flexible. :)  We're certainly no longer reading email over a 300 
baud modem, but our screen sizes may be _much_ larger (i.e. just 
about every desktop) or smaller (mobile devices) than the traditional 
40x24 or 80x24 text only formats that were dominant back then.  For 
some of us, mobile bandwidth does cost serious money.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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