I think both top posting and bottom posting are asinine.
The correct answer is to delete the quoted text and reply.
If there's something you're replying to in particular,
maybe quote that one line but there's no need to quote the
entire thread so far in every email in the thread.
The list guidelines ask folks to use "bottom, interleaved
posting." and to "not over-quote by the hierarchy level in
It's a shame that many popular email clients make this
require more effort than necessary and that many users come
from work/school environments which encourage top-posting,
over-quoting, HTML mail, etc.
Overall, I'd say the list members here do a reasonable job
and many of the list regulars give helpful, friendly nudges
to new members.
I don't mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious,
but I am, so that's the way it comes out.
-- Bill Hicks