[SpamCop-List] [META] Ego and top-posting
nobody at devnull.spamcop.net
Tue Apr 4 10:55:10 EDT 2006
Mike Easter wrote...
> If you 'study' the effect of top posting, you make some important
> Top posters generally or typically [meaning usually but not always]
> "don't know what they are talking about".
> It is actually a very serious affliction. They don't read carefully
> what they are replying to, as if they are in some kind of peculiar fog.
> It is as if they are 'glancing at' the post which they have decided to
> respond to -- and having glanced, they develop a 'notion' about
> something that has some kind of distant relationship to the post they
> are replying.
> But, they don't actually reply to the post they are replying -- that's
> why they 'choose' to top post -- because in the 'back of their mind'
> they know that they don't actually know what [where 'what' means what
> the other person said that they are pretending to talk about] they are
> talking about and that they actually /aren't/ really talking about what
> they are pretending to talk about. They are talking about something
> else kin to what they are claiming to talk about by hiding what they
> claim to be talking about way down underneath there.
> Further -- the top poster is full of ego-centricity. There is a
> subliminal reason that they are putting their post up there on top and
> there is a subliminal reason they are choosing to disregard the actual
> words of the post they are responding. That is because they
> subliminally have no respect for anyone else who is communicating in the
> thread compared to their own sense of self-importance.
> The top poster is saying "Some other things have been said before, but
> now * I * have spoken. And now that I have spoken, nothing else is
> really important any more."
I am reasonably certain that this is the same class of person who
"converses" by spending the time when the other person is talking
composing what he is going to say next.
I have also found that those posters who are most likely to have correct
answers to technical questions are also most likely to have killfiled
those who insist on top-posting.
The bit about egotism is spot on. Look at how often the typical
top-poster declares that meeting his own needs is far more important
than meeting the needs of his readers.
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