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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird Apps
Would you like to control where your reply appears (above or below the quoted text) in Thunderbird?. Here's how...

First choose Thunderbird -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Configuration Editor. In the list that appears, select mail.identity.default.reply_on_top. Set the value to 0 to have your reply at the bottom. Set the value to 1 to have the reply on top. You can change the default behaviour on a per-identity basis by adding a new line. For example:
mail.identity.id1.reply_on_top
Set the Status to User, Type to Integer, and add the preferred value, either 0 or 1.
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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: zacht on May 22, '06 08:55:21AM
Any chance of automating side posting? ;-)

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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: owsla on May 22, '06 08:56:21AM

This is also available via the Thunderbird menus (with more options, too):

Tools -> Account Settings... -> Composition & Addressing (which is per account)

Then look in the top pane (Composition) for the options about "Automatically quote the original message when replying" which has a drop down box for where to start the quote, where to place the signature, etc.



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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: vocaro on May 22, '06 09:59:32AM

So it doesn't mess up the flow of reading.
> How come?
> > I prefer to reply inline.
> > > What do you do instead?
> > > > No.
> > > > > Do you like top-posting?



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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: jeremyp on May 23, '06 10:19:31AM

Wouldn't that more logically look like (second person would post his responses in line):

> How come?
So it doesn't mess up the flow of reading.
> > > What do you do instead?
> > I prefer to reply inline.
> > > > > Do you like top-posting?
> > > > No.



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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: kL on May 22, '06 02:27:32PM

Top-posting is lame. Please don't use this hint. It's no good having option to annoy people.



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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: sjk on May 22, '06 06:55:17PM

Top posting can be useful but it's generally not recipient-friendly in conversational style correspondence as demonstrated in vocaro's amusing example. And bottom posting is particularly annoying if the sender doesn't trim excess content.

Maybe they don't realize it, but senders who can't take time to compose easily readable messages can be guilty of selfishly transferring the burden of comprehension to recipients. An exception is "sloppy" communication between cooperating senders/recipients.

Unfortunately mail software isn't sophisticated enough to provide recipients more choice of preferred presentation styles for messages they receive regardless of how senders compose them. I don't see any solution to the endless top/bottom/inline posting debate without the software becoming more neutral to different sender and recipient styles.



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Reply above quoted material in Thunderbird
Authored by: keeney on May 23, '06 02:02:58PM

Top-posting is really lame nand annoying.! Read http://tools.ietf.org/html/1855 or http://email.about.com/cs/netiquettetips/qt/et090402.htm!



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