Lacero's Pet Peeves Part 1 of 25: Any way to make posted stories unquotable

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Lacero, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Lacero macrumors 604

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    #1
    This will be a 25-part series on forum pet peeves.


    Is this a new trend or have my panties been on too tight lately?
    annoying. yeah, you know it.

    [post]1809510[/post] -prime example
    [post]1535195[/post]
    [post]2063651[/post] -moderated, thank god
    [post]2056831[/post] -same

    [post]2066215[/post]
    [post]2065844[/post]
    [post]2065079[/post]
    [post]2063784[/post]
    [post]2060129[/post]
    [post]2024195[/post]
    [post]2050461[/post] ugh

    ... perhaps unquotable for the first 25 replies or so. No one needs to be hit on the head with the thread subject of discussion each and every time.

    Pet Peeves Part 2 of 25 coming soon.
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Edit: Removed quoting of Lacero so Lacero doesn't kill me.


    Yeah. Why can't people just hit "Post Reply". I'm sure there's a way. Maybe just remove the quote button for the first post? Something like that.
     
  3. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    When people do that they are just trying to make their posts seem longer.
     
  4. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I like quotes so you know who's being replied to and on what topic. Especially since these forums tend to fall away from topic so quickly.
     
  5. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe. But I think it's ignorance too. The quote button is there with a post and the post reply button is further down and on the other side of the screen. Maybe if post reply was under the quote button...
     
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Quoting a user isn't bad. It's quoting a whole news story that is the "pet peeve".
     
  7. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I think quoting is ok as long as the person using the quote corrects something in the previous statement, adds something to the previous statement, or uses the previous statement to emphasize a point. Needless quoting just gets annoying, and helps people pad their post count.

    For Example User A posts: It was totally awesome

    User B quotes User A: I agree.
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, but then reduce the quote to exactly what you're answering to, like I just did right now (;)). Don't quote the whole post. That's just as bad as not quoting it at all...

    And you don't necessarily have to quote the post directly over yours, if you see that no posts have been added there's always the option to edit your post to remove/shorten the quote, right...?
     
  9. rdowns Suspended

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    What kind of panties are they?
     
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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  11. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I would love to see the rest of your pet peeves!:D
     
  12. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    You sure?

    Hard to tell.


    (Happy that quoting like this doesn't happen automatically)
     
  13. clayj macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I was wondering that, too. (Hey, the subject was raised.)
     
  14. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    This is debatable it seems...



    I third that question.


    I could write a script ;)
     
  15. solvs macrumors 603

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    If you guys aren't careful, you're going to wasteland Lacero's thread. ;)

    Anyway, I think removing the quote button might be cool, but it also could have some negative ramifications for when people are trying to genuinely quote a particular part of the first story. I don't know, it annoys me as well, but I don't know what a good alternative would be. I'd say put it in the FAQ, but nobody seems to read those anyway.
     
  16. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Well, you could always manually select the text you want to quote. Sure it's more work, but it's worth it. It's quite annoying to see the entire story quoted.

    Can't wait.
     
  17. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    the answer is rather simple. if you see someone doing it report it and we will edit it out. also if you see people doing small spam posts to pad post counts, report that too, we routinely delete those, but you guys need to let us know about them.
     
  18. Orlando Furioso macrumors 6502

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    Lacero, you are too funny. But you do bring up a good point. It is common to see and I just took it as how things were. Never did it cross my mind that things could change. You are a prophet (of sorts).
     
  19. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    I can't say I look forward to the next installments of this thread.

    I guess I simply don't care that much about the quote feature.
     
  20. pknz macrumors 68020

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    25?! Oh man we are gonna get a good kicking over.
     
  21. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    lacero doesn't indicate top 25 MR pet peeves. Perhaps the rest are all about sporks.
     
  22. solvs macrumors 603

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    Well, I could. And I do. But not everyone does, especially newbies. If the mods can take care of it, hate to give them any more work to do, but I guess that's what they're there for.

    I don't know if this is on your list too Lacero, but I've also seen a lot more "first post"s lately, where that will be all they say, except for maybe also quoting the entire article. I'm sure the mods can edit that stuff out too, but that should be an obvious no-no here. I'm surprised any forum tolerates that type of thing anymore.
     
  23. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds as though most are in agreement here, in that quoting the complete OP is a nuisance. I routinely edit out all the irrelevant stuff if I'm quoting someone, hopefully leaving just a small but useful snippet for people to follow the discussion.
    Besides the 'readability' issue, is there a bandwidth or server-space issue for MacRumors if all the threads are much longer due to overuse of quotes?
     
  24. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. Unfortunately every time someone improperly quotes, does a "first post!", or anything else generally annoying Arn is forced to feed another cute and cuddly kitten (or puppy as the situation warrants) to the trolls who run the servers.
     
  25. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It's also a waste of bits when people quote posts with large images, or when they quote me after one of my ridiculous statistical charts!

    We clean these posts up when we hear about them.

    It's just part of our team effort for 2006: to get the number of annoyances down to a comfortable 19 or 20. ;)
     

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