Bottom posting places the texts in chronological order. Readers can see,
for example, the question and then the answer it elicited -- as in this
message. It is no big deal if there is only one question and only one
answer (again like this message), but once a thread grows and you start
getting replies to replies to replies, then bottom posting makes things
much easier to understand and follow the discussion.
Top posting, at best, makes the reader play Jeopardy: first you get the
answer, then the question. More often, you get an answer followed by a
gadzillion previous unsnipped replies and you don't know just what the
answer was in reply to. I've seen flame wars start because (methinks)
top posting and lack of snipping caused confusion over who was replying
what in reply to whom.
Personally, I try to bottom post and trim previously quoted material to
just that needed to understand my reply (again, like I am doing in this
message). But I also try to not be an annoying zealot about it.
I just get rid of everything like this, simple and easy, and wouldn't it be
the least confusing or maybe the cleanest way? it's all good to me, if I'm
interested in a thread I'll weed through just about anything...if I want to
be sure I make a point I will include the question.
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