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October 26, 2005

Is there a formal format for email responses?

Today must be my day to run across interesting CMC related blog posts.  Posts that will probably wind their way into my CMC class next semester.  The Paperless Student has an interesting post on the social consequences of technology.  Since I spent some time this evening after class explaining what Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is to one of my undergrads, this post jumped out at me.  Here's a snip for you to ponder:

Here's something they haven't taught me in school, but should: How to properly reply to an email message.

After switching to from Outlook to Thunderbird for email, I noticed a difference in how the programs handle replies to email messages. Outlook puts the original message at the bottom and lets you type at the top. Thunderbird puts the cursor below the original message and lets you type after it. Which one is right?

Of course, in regular Internet style, I got massively distracted while searching for the answer to this. I found an entire page dedicated to Mail Format. Check out Dan's Mail Format Site.

Reply at the top? Reply at the bottom? What's the difference? For that, we can turn to a Wikipedia article on Top-posting. It suggests that quoted text always belongs at the top.

So which is it?  Does it matter?  Why of course it does since human animals tend to distrust things that appear out of the ordinary.  To much frame-shift and we are uncomfortable.  But don't you love it, I mean who set these rules?  LOL  And where is this kind of history catalogued?

Posted by prolurkr at October 26, 2005 10:44 PM

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