No, it is not better to leave it on top, because otherwise I have to scroll past it to see the part that’s actually new. It’s not like I’ve never read the rest of the email, and most of the time I’m not going to need to read that part. So by leaving it in that order, you are just wasting my time.
This is not as big a problem on messageboards, where quotes are propertly set off from the rest of the post, and people are more likely to edit down.
Of course, Gmail has it best, by keeping all the emails together, but collapsed, and not showing the extra info in the email itself. It just looks like a normal thread.
Did the “norm” used to be replies on the bottom? I could swear when I started using email in the late 90s that it was bottom reply, but at some point I had to force myself to start replying on top (probably when I started working and getting work emails).
I have a friend / former client (“former” because I shut my business down) who won’t reply to my emails unless they’re top reply and the email I’m replying to is in full at the bottom. (Bugs the hell out of me, as my ideal reply situation is internal replies, isolating each paragraph that I want to reply to to make it clear what I’m referring to). Says that that’s the way everyone does.
If I am replying to an email you recently sent just to me, I am likely putting the response at the top (are you too stupid to remember what your recent email was about?). And, if you are, hey the copy is right below the response.
If its an email sent to a bunch of folks and I am replying to everyone, your email would likely be first so other folks in the conversation understand the topic before my response.