Should you read your email from the oldest message to the newest or should you start with the most recent and work backwards?
This is the question posed by Jack Toerson .
It’s an interesting variation on the top-posting vs. bottom-posting debate and raises a “philosophical problem” as Jack explains:
If you read the newest messages first they may contain references to things contained in the older messages, but if you read the oldest messages first they may contain information that has been superseded by the older messages.
He provides a colourful example which illustrates the dilemma.
I know what I do. You can probably guess. What do you do?
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