Do posts need to be merged ?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by 0002378, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. 0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    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 ?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    This was actually engineered to be a solution to a problem of multiple consecutive posts :)
  3. 0002378 thread starter Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    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.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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.

    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.

    We try to keep threads limited to a single topic, because it can be confusing and unfair to the OP to derail a thread.
  5. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    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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