[MPlayer-users] [OT] The correct way to deal with top-posting (WAS: Compile errors on OS X 10.5.2 with Xcode 3.0 and x264 or faac enabled)

John Brown johnbrown105 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 28 12:18:54 CET 2008

Nico Sabbi wrote:
> On Thursday 28 February 2008 02:48:52 John Brown wrote:
>> A word to all those who are deeply distressed by top-posting: only
>> 0.01% of top-posters do it in cold blood with malice aforethought.
>> The other 99.99% have no idea what top-posting is; the cursor is
>> where it is and they just type.  You would advance your cause
>> greatly if you explained it, or gave them a link, or even told them
>> to Google top-posting.
> the intention is irrelevant: the harm done is _very_ relevant.
> We always say to top-posters to refrain from that practice;
> additionally an intelligent person searches in google
> what "top-posting" is, while an idiot asks (maybe top-posting
> once more) what that term means. Of course this last kind of 
> idiot deserves bashing :)

Most people will be thinking "Top-posting? What on earth is this 
crazy/stupid person talking about?" because they have been sending
e-mail like this ever since they got on the Internet, and nobody
ever complained. Since they believe that you are crazy or stupid,
why would they waste time to search in Google?

Those who did not act as above will surely top-post again and ask
you what "top-posting" is. I think that it is a most unusual person
who will Google to find out about top-posting when he encounters the
term for the first time.

So if your intent is to prevent the top-posting, you need to do a
little more than say "don't do it!", but if you enjoy bashing them,
then certainly you can wait for the inevitable 2nd offence.

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