[ntp:questions] Quoting Practices (Was: Re: Test internal clock)

Phil.Newlon at wendysarbys.com Phil.Newlon at wendysarbys.com
Fri Mar 20 12:58:45 UTC 2009

I love the passion that people feel for the computing industry in general,
and two of my favorite topics in particular: smtp and ntp.  I am a relative
newbie to usenet, having only been participating since 1987.  I have heard
the top-post, bottom-post, and how to quote discussion many times in the
past 20 years.  I didn't used to care much about it; I can figure out the
message well enough either way.  In the last couple years though, I have
come to have an opinion and feel compelled to share it only as food for
thought.  I truly hope to not offend anyone, just enlighten!

I now use a handheld for both regular 8-5 work and my personal business.
One is a blackberry, the other a treo.  I can keep up with all my business
while I travel, so that I don't have as much to catch up on when I am back
in the office.  Well quoted, top-posted messages are the easiest for me to
deal with on a handheld.  I submit that as time goes by, the old
conventions will need to change a little as more and more people work from
a handheld.  I can swallow either top or bottom post, really, but have
great appreciation for a well-quoted message that I don't have to scroll up
and down in to follow the quoting.  In-line quoting is the worst to handle
because line wraps are not pretty on a  handheld.

Thanks for listening, and for all the excellent content provided in this


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