Joshua Kronengold wrote: >"Usenet style" is the standard for this list Is it? I couldn't find any mention of this on the policy page for this list (http://lists.looneylabs.com/listinfo/rabbits_policy.html). The closest I could find was "Reduce quoting and keep signatures lines to a reasonable length". One could top-post and still reduce quoting. > (and most other >conversational mailing lists, and Usenet, and, historically, the >standard conversational style for Internet email prior to the >commercial services like AOL jumping into the pool) Perhaps, but this is not Usenet. Nor is it 1994. And I doubt these "other conversational mailing lists" have much more success in preventing people from top-posting, unless they have heavy-handed moderation in place. Times change, conventions change. > you don't use >top posting on a list whose conversational style is threaded and >quoted. How do you determine the list's proper conversational style? Absent a mandate in the list's official policy statement, I would argue it would be determined by common convention. So if most replies on the list are top-posted, then top-posing is the standard for the list.