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A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby Swift » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:19 pm

Some people insist on quoting the previous reply in it's entirety when just answering it as the next poster would suffice.
Quoting is only useful if you want to highlight a particular point or a post that is further back.
Why quote what is there to be read immediately above??
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Re: A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:33 pm

:oops: :oops: Guilty. When I first joined this board that is exactly what I did. Happily, I have mostly stopped now.
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Re: A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby boronia » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:48 pm

Reposting photos in quotes is another PITA
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Re: A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby chuboy » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:16 pm

Swift wrote:Some people insist on quoting the previous reply in it's entirety when just answering it as the next poster would suffice.
Quoting is only useful if you want to highlight a particular point or a post that is further back.
Why quote what is there to be read immediately above??

On the contrary, I find it useful to know exactly what a post is 'answering'. Since posts can be edited or deleted at any time, some time in the future the context may not be there. That is to say, one may not always be able to read what is directly above. It gets more complicated when many people post in one thread at a time and posts are submitted in the time it takes you to write your reply - then your answer has no context at all because the post "immediately above" is not what you thought you were replying to.

You will find successful forums elsewhere on the internet do not prohibit quoting the post directly above. I do agree that excessively large quotes, either with lots of text or big images, is annoying.
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Re: A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby system improver » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:39 pm

Swift wrote:Some people insist on quoting the previous reply in it's entirety when just answering it as the next poster would suffice.
Quoting is only useful if you want to highlight a particular point or a post that is further back.
Why quote what is there to be read immediately above??

I agree.
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Re: A Misuse of the Quote Function

Postby Fleet Lists » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:45 pm

As an admin I barely take any action when the previous post is quoted except where it involves a number of photos where it can become very annoying to have all the photos repeated. The aim is basically NOT to have photos included in a quote unless absolutely necessary.
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