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Old 03-15-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Request for using "Quote"

I belonged to another forum that uses the exact same format as DC.

I would like to make a suggestion and am hoping that no one takes umbrage. Being a newbie I'm browsing around reading a lot of the posts.

But then I lose interest in the thread, reason being is everyone is "quoting" the post that they are commenting on. There is certainly no harm in that but some of the posts are quite long and if three people "quote" the same long post - it gets a bit tedious to scroll thru and read.

When you quote it is simple to delete the parts that are not really integral to your reply. Or to put it another way, you only leave in what you are actually refering to in your reply. If you feel the whole thing is what you are replying on - there must be a key note that made you sit up and want to reply that you could choose.

You simply must be careful not to delete the 'square quotation marks' at the beginning and at the end. You can always 'Preview Post' to make sure it is what you want.

It really is so much tidier and nothing is lost in the translation. And newbies like me can read past threads without getting bogged down.

Thanks for listening.

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Old 03-15-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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I would like to make a suggestion
You simply must be careful not to delete the 'square quotation marks' at the beginning and at the end. You can always 'Preview Post' to make sure it is what you want.
The square bracket at the top of the quote " ] " and the one at the bottom " [ "
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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I have to agree....
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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I belonged to another forum that uses the exact same format as DC.

I would like to make a suggestion and am hoping that no one takes umbrage. Being a newbie I'm browsing around reading a lot of the posts.

But then I lose interest in the thread, reason being is everyone is "quoting" the post that they are commenting on. There is certainly no harm in that but some of the posts are quite long and if three people "quote" the same long post - it gets a bit tedious to scroll thru and read.

When you quote it is simple to delete the parts that are not really integral to your reply. Or to put it another way, you only leave in what you are actually refering to in your reply. If you feel the whole thing is what you are replying on - there must be a key note that made you sit up and want to reply that you could choose.

You simply must be careful not to delete the 'square quotation marks' at the beginning and at the end. You can always 'Preview Post' to make sure it is what you want.

It really is so much tidier and nothing is lost in the translation. And newbies like me can read past threads without getting bogged down.

Thanks for listening.
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The square bracket at the top of the quote " ] " and the one at the bottom " [ "
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:11 PM   #5
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Seriously, the only one that bugs me is pics being quoted.
I usually snip the pic out, we already saw it once after all.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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Yeah, that too.

But to be fair, I know a lot want to post a reply and do it as quickly as they can. Ergo the long quotes and pics.

Sometimes when I reply to a post by the time I actually get around to posting it there are 2 or 3 other posts already done...
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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One of my biggest faults I can never correct is 'highjacking' the thread, slowly changing the subject by "oh that reminds me of...." and it will slowly become a completely different subject.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:45 PM   #8
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I usually edit out irrelevant portions of post I quote, using and elipsis at each end of the deletion to acknowledge the quote has been edited.
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I usually edit out irrelevant portions of post I quote, using and elipsis at each end of the deletion to acknowledge the quote has been edited.
And I appreciate the ellipsis. I may be nitpicky and pedantic, but I consider it very rude to quote only a portion without the ellipsis. It's far too easy to change the meaning of a quote. At least let people know that part of the quote is missing, using the above quote as an example:
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... elipsis at each end of the deletion to acknowledge the quote has been edited.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:10 PM   #10
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We've actually had this discussion a couple of times over the years. I try to limit my quotes and condense when I can, but I have been around computers for more years than I care to remember.

Many of our members are not so savvy and may be intimidated at the thought of editing text. I am just making an assumption of course, and hope I am not offending anyone.

I agree that when it can be done it does keep things tidy, but remember, what is agreed to now becomes moot in about 2 weeks when 50 people leave and another 50 arrive who haven't seen this (hypothetically speaking with tongue firmly embedded in cheek!)

After all that, dragnlaw, I do agree, but don't see much hope in it sticking.
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