Back when Usenet was relevant, top-posting was evil. In mailing lists it still is to some degree. However, when you and I are emailing each other, top-posting is perfectly fine. In fact, it’s preferred. This cute but misguided example is often used to demonstrate just how awful top-posting is…

A: No

Q: Should I include quotations after my reply?

If someone else wrote the “Q:” part I get it. Trouble is, 99.9% of the time I’m communicating directly with one other person, and in that case I *just wrote the god damned question* so I don’t need to read it again for context. People have been debating this for centuries (almost) and brilliant fellas such as John Gruber completely disagree with me. “Uncouth and illiterate?” Not really.

And a message to geeks everywhere… It’s perfectly okay to evolve.