Quoting Etiquette

bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
edited June 2011 in Forum Operation
Just a gentle nudge to ask folk to be a little bit more considerate when using the 'quote' function - there's rarely the need to 'quote' a previous post in full, so please edit it down to the important part that you are referencing. Retaining previous quotes in the message you're quoting is, frankly, inexcusable, as is a one-line reply after 30+ lines of quoted text ;-)

The quote function has been a subject of debate amongst the staff; there still isn't consensus that it is useful & not just added 'clutter' ... so please work with us & don't abuse it if you want it to stay. Thanks :-)

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  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    To reiterate what bluemoose is suggesting, using the two following conventions should help tremendously to keep things tidy:

    1) If you're responding directly to a subset of post, please manually delete the unneeded parts of the original quote. This will help with readability, but it also keeps clear as to what you're responding, which is the overriding goal, isn't it? This includes removing unnecessary quotes within quotes, which are particularly ugly.

    2) If you're responding to the post immediately preceding yours, in most cases the use of "^" is sufficient to acknowledge this.

    While I have your attention, I might as well mention this third convention, which is being a bit nitpicky :P The quote function will automatically insert a carriage return so that your new text is separated from the quote. Unfortunately it's not obvious when you're writing your message, but you can trust that it's there, and needn't put additional padding :)
  • vynsanevynsane Member Posts: 179
    Also, keep your feet off the coffee table and the dining room is only for the most formal of occasions. And use coasters.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited June 2011
    To reiterate what bluemoose is suggesting, using the two following conventions should help tremendously to keep things tidy:

    1) If you're responding directly to a subset of post, please manually delete the unneeded parts of the original quote. This will help with readability, but it also keeps clear as to what you're responding, which is the overriding goal, isn't it? This includes removing unnecessary quotes within quotes, which are particularly ugly.

    2) If you're responding to the post immediately preceding yours, in most cases the use of "^" is sufficient to acknowledge this.

    While I have your attention, I might as well mention this third convention, which is being a bit nitpicky :P The quote function will automatically insert a carriage return so that your new text is separated from the quote. Unfortunately it's not obvious when you're writing your message, but you can trust that it's there, and needn't put additional padding :)




    Yup, I agree with all of this.
    (Sorry, someone had to do it, just joking guys, I think this post is a good call).
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    ^ Beat me to it - darn! :o)
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    Cool, three more names for the 'naughty book' ... oh, hang on, two of you were in there already ... ;-)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    ^ Love it! )
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