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William Moderator Moderator
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Quoting a member's post? Read this...

Moderation has been receiving numerous reports each day on excessive quoting of posts, either a quote of a long post for a brief response to one particular passage or repetitive quotes of immediately preceding posts.

Moderation prior has been editing such postings without comment but, lately, the volume has ramped up and further review of threads finds this to be a rampant problem so I'm adding this announcement to make members aware.

1. If quoting another member use the 'quote' button and trim and/or interquote (use quote/UBB code) content as necessary. Refrain from quoting entire posts, especially long ones.

2. Treat threads as conversations. Members cannot edit posts once responded to. Hence, no need to quote the immediately preceding post if responding to it. Use the member's username to preface a response.

3. If directing a response to the thread starter downthread, either quote their content being responded to or reference them, e.g. 'OP" or 'Thread starter', member's username, etc.

4. Do not, repeat, do not intersperse responses within quoted material. Use our interquote function or UBB code. It's easy to do. Why? Anyone responding to the content quotes both original content and response and has to separate out what they're responding to. That's disrespectful of fellow members time and also makes postings difficult to read.

Consider this a directive pursuant to our policy on formatting and quoting which Paul established in his reminder/sanction area. If anyone would like a tutorial on properly quoting posts we'll be happy to provide one in our Questions and Comments area. Post a thread requesting it. Thanks for reading!
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