What's wrong with Jeopardy-style?
I just ran across this bitching about Jeopardy-style quoting, ie. when you have your reply at the top, and the thing you’re replying to at the bottom.
I never understood people’s problem with that. I understand it in theory, it reads more naturally when you have the thing you’re replying to first, and then your reply below. But that’s not how I process mail.
Most of the time, I’ll already have an idea about what the thread is about, either because it’s a reply to something I wrote myself, or because it’s part of a thread I’m following. So the common case is that I just want to read the new part and not bother with the quotation.
Every once in a while, I do need to dive in and find out the context, and in that case it’s right there, and I don’t mind reading backwards, because that way I can read just far enough for me to understand it, then stop.
When the post is a point-by-point response to some other post, sure, I want it chronologically. But those are fairly rare.
My user experience with non-jeopardy style is that I often have to actively grab my mouse and scroll past all the things I already saw before, before I can see the new stuff and judge whether it’s even worth reading.
Bottom line, it makes it slower to follow a mailing list where you’re not 100% interested in 100% of the posts, which happens to be the case for 100% of the mailing lists I’m subscribed to.