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    Quoting in posts

    A number of us have taken to quoting ENTIRE posts in our replies. This is bad practice for a number of reasons:
    • It's lame
    • It's unnecessary
    • It consumes excess page space on viewing / reading.
    • I'm sure it consumes excess server / storage space.
    Quotes are very useful to ensure your reply is read in-context to it's instigation - however, please EDIT DOWN those quotes to only the relevant bits (bytes ).

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    I'm Guilty but, now that you brought it up, could you please explain how I can take a sentence out of a paragraph and post it as a quote? Everything I have tried does not work,I'm sure it's easy but beyond my skills at this point.

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    Sure...

    Before you reply, find the post you wish to quote, and hit the "quote" button, lower-right corner. That will take you to something like this:

    [qu te=kingjames;149123]I'm Guilty but, now that you brought it up, could you please explain how I can take a sentence out of a paragraph and post it as a quote? Everything I have tried does not work,I'm sure it's easy but beyond my skills at this point.[/qu te]

    (I purposefully misspelled "quote" to show the pre-post look. It looks like the following when posted...)

    Quote Originally Posted by kingjames View Post
    I'm Guilty but, now that you brought it up, could you please explain how I can take a sentence out of a paragraph and post it as a quote? Everything I have tried does not work,I'm sure it's easy but beyond my skills at this point.

    Now, go remove the irrelevant text, leaving:

    Quote Originally Posted by kingjames View Post
    ...it's easy but beyond my skills at this point.
    Make sure you leave BOTH those all-important bits in the brackest AND both brackets, both times "[ ]" - that's the HTML formatting instructions. They need to head and tail the quote. Many, when editing the quote lose a bracket or two - most common error of quoting...
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    Could someone explain how the "multi-quote" button works?

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    Mutli-quote Function

    There is also a new functionality of this version of vBulletin, which allows incorporating multiple quotes from the same thread in a post.

    To do this, use the strange little icon with the " ' ' " (to the right of the Quote button).

    Go through the thread, and tag this little icon IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THE QUOTES TO APPEAR - it will shuffle things into that sequence - I will show next post .

    Nothing will happen when you hit that icon - it will merely light-up.

    When done, hit the "Post Reply" button and all the multi-quotes will appear, ready for editing within, and for you to place your comments, between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    Nothing will happen when you hit that icon - it will merely light-up.
    Kind of an orange glow...

    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    A number of us have taken to quoting ENTIRE posts in our replies. This is bad practice for a number of reasons:
    • It's lame
    Harsh, but true.
    Quote Originally Posted by kingjames View Post
    I'm Guilty...
    Not so much...

    Quote Originally Posted by johnaec View Post
    Could someone explain how the "multi-quote" button works?
    See...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    See...?
    Yep - 'figured it out myself, (while you were quoting... )

    Edit:
    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    I thought I just did that...
    And then there are those that go back and change their message after it's already been quoted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    I thought I just did that...
    Where...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    Where...?
    Irelpied with my first quote, and by the time I'd posted it, you'd apparently gone back and edited your message, so what I'd quoted had been changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    (snip)

    Go through the thread, and tag this little icon IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THE QUOTES TO APPEAR - it will shuffle things into that sequence - I will show next post .

    (snip)
    Some folks get anxious when their posts are edited and it appears you've taken them out of context. In that case a parenthetical (snip) lets everyone know that you're only showing part of the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    A number of us have taken to quoting ENTIRE posts in our replies. This is bad practice for a number of reasons:
    I agree, but sometimes removing some lines will not be understood by the poster, or by the others that have commented in the thread.
    It's really all about music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    Where...?
    I thought I just did that...

    Quote Originally Posted by johnaec View Post
    ...by the time I'd posted it ... you'd gone ... and edited your message
    Yea, I was just funnin' with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    Some folks get anxious when their posts are edited...
    :shock:

    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    ... it appears you've taken them out of context.


    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    ... a parenthetical (snip) lets everyone know that you're only showing part of the original post.
    I don't understand the distinction - either way, you are only referring to a portion of the post. That "(snip)" stuff seems redundant to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolf View Post
    ... sometimes removing ... lines will not be understood by the poster, or by the others that have commented in the thread.
    You are not giving your readers enough credit...

    Less is more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post
    I You are not giving your readers enough credit...

    OK? My experience in a little different
    It's really all about music.
    Rolf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolf View Post
    My experience is a little different
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