I dont know how long ago the rear clicky became really popular and common on flashlights, maybe late 90's? I could be way off on that though. Growing up as a kid, the flashlights we had around the house all had top/forward switches, and mainly the type you push forward, as opposed to pressing down til it clicks. In fact, in our friends house's, they all had forward swicthes too. It wasnt until some time in the 90's that I stumbled upon a light with a rear switch, but still most other FL's that I saw regularly had top switches.
But the 1st high end LED light I ever bought had a rear clicky switch. The 2nd has a top clicky switch. The next will have a top switch too, when I get it this week(hopefully)
I kinda like having different lights with both options. My EDC light has a rear clicky. I use it 95% of the time.
So now that I think about it I suddenly realize 2 things: 1. I dont really care which type of switch it has, unless I'm using it as a gun mounted light, which needs a rear clicky. 2. The second realization, is that I dont know why I even started the thread now since I dont really have a preference!
As long as the lights I own are reliable and good, I'm just happy they work when they need to, so the switch type is secondary I guess.
Anyway, hopefully other people will have preferences, so as to justify the creation of the thread......