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I like top posting+keeping the reply text. That way, if I get CC’d on a conversation in the middle, I have all the context I need instead of a cherry-picked selection of what someone in the reply chain thought was relevant.

This has always been my default: including the entire reply chain for the same general reason you've stated, and top-posting my reply so it doesn't accidentally get read by someone later as part of someone else's previous message (possibly after formatting conversions that could conceivably screw up the displayed hierarchy). It just seems like the method with the least potential for things to go wrong.

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