Question: How do you compose your posts? I prefer composing in a text editor so I can launch and close browser windows as necessary without fear of axing my post accidentally. Also, I can save the file periodically against random system disasters. Most of my posts are written this way; experience does remind me, however, that the MS Notepad and WordPad are unwieldy by comparison to Apple's Text Editor and its former incarnation, SimpleText. Apples Text Editor is not without its issues, but I work around them as a matter of familiarity. MS users may not find the Notepad issues as annoying as I do. Regardless of my poor attitude toward MS, I urge people to compose their posts in a text editor or word processor, although I admit the latter is bulky and inelegant to my tastes. I do not use the "Reply to Post" function except occasionally as a route to tag a "View Single Post" window. (Ironically, the "Report Bad Post" function is the easiest way to do this; you only have to replace one term in the address.) All of my posts are constructed from the ground up. All quote tags are manufactured at the time of composition. Copy-and-paste is my friend, an essential tool for the process. There are specific reasons I ask, but it's not something I actually want to fight about. Generally speaking, I was asked about my posting style regarding an issue that, while I'm aware of it, is absolutely brand-spanking-new to me as a basis for complaint. In attempting to respond to and accommodate the issue, I find myself utterly puzzled by the notion of what the other's posting process looks like. In five years I've never encountered this issue in any problematic sense, even for my own posts. Of my excessive tags, part of the reason is for the benefit of the reader. I mean ... it's not like I enjoy tagging "font=times new roman" over and over again, but neither is it anything that specifically bothers me. It's easier to read the quotes if it's not an italicized sans-serif font in shades of gray. And of my links ... well ... really, I thought it was a polite thing to do. But in light of the issue recently raised in my discussion with another, I'm left wondering how people compose their posts and responses. While I'm willing to adjust certain aspects of my style to accommodate folks, I'm left to wonder what the process looks like at others' desks. The issue I'm looking at makes anything I do in order to "formally" enhance the communicative value of my posts generally useless.