Fighting the top reply 19 Apr 2006
103 comments Latest by Dan
I used to be a staunch defender of proper reply styles, even for casual emails. Insert your replies below the relevant paragraph and trim the exchange to be just about the matters of discussion. But as the volume of email goes up, I’m finding it harder and harder to fight the uphill battle.
The thing is that very few email clients are geared to work with “proper” reply styles. Both Mail.app and GMail just dump you at the top of the email with everything indented and that pesky “On Apr 19, 2006, at 3:47 , Somebody wrote:” header fixed in. It’s edging me on to be bad, be lazy, just top-post my reply, and get on with it.
So if I want to be good, there’s a lot busy work to be done. You have to delete the time header every time, you then have to insert yourself in the quoted material and delete around you to make space, and then you can do something about it.
How about someone made a filter to Mail.app that would kill the header, make room for your reply under each paragraph, and more easily allow you to kill paragraphs that are not relevant for the reply.
Actually, I’d be a happy camper if we could just start simple and kill the header, make the quoted text start all the way at the top, and insert my cursor below the quoted. Then we can get clever from there.
Perhaps this is a round about way of saying “I’m sorry” to everyone receiving a top-posted reply from me these days.