Do posts need to be merged ?

0002378

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Hello, perhaps this has been asked before, but I find this one thing so annoying I feel the need to ask:

Do consecutive posts by the same poster need to be merged ? This has a few disadvantages:

- If a person wants to "Like" one post and not the other, they are now forced to Like both posts or neither
- It makes the post longer and harder to read
- If the two posts are responding to 2 different people and address different topics, it doesn't make sense to have them both in one single post

In order to avoid this, I find myself having to wait until someone else posts something after my first post, so I can then post again and not have it merged with my first post.

Is this necessary ? Are there any hacks to get around this problem ?
 
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0002378

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This was actually engineered to be a solution to a problem of multiple consecutive posts :)
I see. In my case, it became more of a problem than a solution :)

I understand what you mean, i.e. the intention. I just don't see it as fixing anything in my particular case.
 

maflynn

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Is this necessary ?
Yes, because seeing a wall of posts from a single member tended to annoy others. At one time we had rules in place that forbade multuple posts and communicated that members needed to use multiquote.

It makes the post longer and harder to read
A longer post is no harder to read then if its broken up into multple posts, and if I were to hazard a quess, I'd say members would tend to skip multiple posts as much as if they'd skip reading a long post.

If the two posts are responding to 2 different people and address different topics,
We try to keep threads limited to a single topic, because it can be confusing and unfair to the OP to derail a thread.
 
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annk

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If you use the multi-quote function there won't be confusion as to which post you're replying to. Just hit the button with the quote + at the lower right of each post you want to comment on, then "Insert quotes" and write your reply.

I do see the issue with wanting to like one post but not another, but you can get around that by commenting positively in a reply post that contains more than one quoted post, if you see what I mean. It won't function in exactly the same way, but it does let you give other users positive feedback, albeit with a sentence rather than a "like".
 
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