Top-posting is an activity reviled by many on USENET, as being a violation of Netiquette. Sometimes responses to this can be quite heated. However, such anger simply invites retaliation in kind, which leads us nowhere.

Therefore, let me suggest an alternative approach: humour. Specifically, barbed satire in reply to a top-poster's posting, taking old jokes that have often been targeted (unfairly) against various ethnic groups, or (more legitimately) against various professions or other activities, and putting them to a better use. An example illustrates the basic form:

A: Skid-marks in front of the hedgehog.
Q: What's the difference between a dead hedgehog on the road, and a dead top-poster on the road?

This takes the form of a riddle, with the answer placed before the question, reflecting the backward nature of a top-poster's writing.

Some more examples:

A: Not enough sand.
Q: What do you have when a top-poster is buried up to his neck in sand?

A: You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline.
Q: What's the difference between a top-poster and a trampoline?

A: Both have about a 1-in-3-million chance of becoming a human being.
Q: What do a top-poster and a sperm have in common?

A good source of jokes that can be repurposed for this use is lawyer riddles. No doubt there are others.

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