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_mē_
post Oct 28 2011, 07:39
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I'm really annoyed by this. One moderator loves to pointlessly delete quotes from user posts. Please stop. It makes no sense. It doesn't help anybody and actually hurts.
Quoting previous posts is a clear reference to which post I am replying to. And when somebody doesn't read whole topic but only skims through it, it allows to go only forward w/out backsearches "what did he mean"
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db1989
post Oct 28 2011, 13:26
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I edit simply to attempt to increase the readability of topics. Allow me to explain my (good?) intentions in more detail than anyone probably wanted:

(1) I remove full quotations of posts that are directly above the one in question, often because the user has clicked edit: quote reply and not removed the automatically inserted quotation (if I were king, I think I would disable that feature and leave it confined to the multi-quote button actually, no; it is useful but no less of a potential nuisance for that!). In this case, quoting the preceding post in its entirety not only is redundant but also wastes screen space and increases the amount of distance that the reader must scroll in order to navigate through the thread. The user would not have to search backwards in the topic, unless you mean scrolling up a couple of centimetres to read the above post. If the preceding post is quite complex and thus would benefit from a quote, I may attempt to truncate the full-quote to what I think and hope is the relevant portion, as quite rightly suggested by hlloyge.

(2) When a user quotes the whole of a post that is further back, I occasionally try to slim it down if it is large, contains inline images, etc. In this case, the reader can still use the snap-back arrow to locate the original post. But I usually just leave the quote in because, as you said, _mē_, it can be beneficial to the reader, in contrast to full-quoting the above post and thereby somewhat assuming a lack of intelligence and/or extreme laziness on their part.

I can easily believe that I get this wrong, and I apologise to any users who think their quotations have been removed inappropriately; please PM me to explain and have the post reverted if so.

However, I see little justification for quoting the post above your own in its entirety, as I am sure the reader can make the connection in most cases. It does not take much time or energy to consider whether an automatically generated quotation is necessary and to remove it if not, but it does considerably improve readibility when you do.

This post has been edited by db1989: Oct 28 2011, 14:12
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post Oct 28 2011, 13:56
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Oct 28 2011, 08:26) *
In this case, the reader can still use the snap-back arrow to locate the original post.

Wow, that is a feature that I had never noticed before. Very useful! smile.gif
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- _mē_   "deleting pointless full quote of last post"   Oct 28 2011, 07:39
- - hlloyge   I am not questioning anyone here, but I've see...   Oct 28 2011, 12:19
- - db1989   I edit simply to attempt to increase the readabili...   Oct 28 2011, 13:26
|- - _mē_   From a writer's perspective, I prefer quoting ...   Oct 28 2011, 13:54
||- - db1989   Ooh, I quite like that thread! There are some...   Oct 28 2011, 16:36
|- - pdq   QUOTE (db1989 @ Oct 28 2011, 08:26) In th...   Oct 28 2011, 13:56
|- - Cynic   Same here. Also, I'm in favour of quote remova...   Oct 28 2011, 14:44
- - lvqcl   http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....st...   Oct 28 2011, 15:40
- - tpijag   I agree with the pointlessness of full quoting of ...   Oct 28 2011, 16:53
- - greynol   QUOTE (_mē_ @ Oct 27 2011, 23:39) w/out b...   Oct 28 2011, 17:02
- - _mē_   QUOTE ("lvqcl")http://www.hydrogenaudio....   Oct 28 2011, 17:31
|- - greynol   QUOTE (_mē_ @ Oct 28 2011, 09:31) Make th...   Oct 28 2011, 17:45
|- - db1989   QUOTE (_mē_ @ Oct 28 2011, 17:31) Maybe i...   Oct 28 2011, 20:29
- - [JAZ]   I usually use the fast reply button to add replies...   Oct 28 2011, 18:31
|- - mobyduck   QUOTE ([JAZ] @ Oct 28 2011, 09:31...   Oct 30 2011, 11:11
- - greynol   Deleting one or two lines is usually a waste and c...   Oct 28 2011, 18:50
- - [JAZ]   Errrm.. my message was meant to users, not to mode...   Oct 28 2011, 19:07
- - greynol   ...and my message was meant for everyone, not just...   Oct 28 2011, 19:32
- - botface   I can see both sides in this. Obviously unnecessar...   Oct 29 2011, 13:04
- - greynol   People who do not take the time to quote in a thou...   Oct 29 2011, 18:42
- - GHammer   One of the reasons I have visited this forum for a...   Oct 30 2011, 17:46


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