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« Topic Start: May 28, 2007, 04:00:09 pm »

I know we need to keep with the quoting of what we are replying to, my question is this...

Say that I have a thread (a thread that I started or authored) and there are several replies from different people I would like to respond to.  When I highligh some text and click to quote, I can reply to that person.

Must I make another post/reply in order to reply to a new person or can I reply to 2-3 people and still use the quote function properly all in one reply?
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« Reply #1: May 28, 2007, 04:05:39 pm »

Must I make another post/reply in order to reply to a new person or can I reply to 2-3 people and still use the quote function properly all in one reply?

Nope, just click quote/reply to one and then at the message box scroll down and you should see topic summary. With that you can just add in quotes as you need to.
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« Reply #2: May 28, 2007, 04:31:05 pm »

Nope, just click quote/reply to one and then at the message box scroll down and you should see topic summary. With that you can just add in quotes as you need to.

Unfortunately, though, this only gives you the past 5 posts or so, not all of the thread, so anything before that would need to be replied to separately.

Also, we haven't been making a super-huge deal of this (just getting people to quote at all was more important!), but the hosts have expressed a preference that particularly in debate threads, posts be replied to individually rather than quoting multiple posts in one reply.
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« Reply #3: May 28, 2007, 05:24:18 pm »

Must I make another post/reply in order to reply to a new person or can I reply to 2-3 people and still use the quote function properly all in one reply?

The hosts would really rather see separate messages for separate replies, but we do not normally make a big issue out of it. However, if we ever need a link back that isn't there in a quote from a second or third message in one reply, we might get to where we do make an issue of it.
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« Reply #4: May 28, 2007, 05:58:38 pm »

Unfortunately, though, this only gives you the past 5 posts or so, not all of the thread, so anything before that would need to be replied to separately.

Also, we haven't been making a super-huge deal of this (just getting people to quote at all was more important!), but the hosts have expressed a preference that particularly in debate threads, posts be replied to individually rather than quoting multiple posts in one reply.

Ok, gotcha.  As long as it is in a general thread, maybe replying to 2-3 people would be ok... but if it is a point-by-point conversation or debate type thread, reply individually.  I was thinking about this in a thread I posted in a 101 forum, which so far as been a generalized thread; but I can see how it would be more beneficial to have the quotes/links available on something more serious in nature.

Thanks for the help!!   Grin
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« Reply #5: May 29, 2007, 09:30:26 am »

The hosts would really rather see separate messages for separate replies

Our past PM'ed disagreements aside.  And no I'm not looking to argue again.

Why?
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« Reply #6: May 29, 2007, 10:11:50 am »

Our past PM'ed disagreements aside.  And no I'm not looking to argue again.

Why?

Not a Mod, but: I assume because it helps keep the chain of conversation intact. Many people don't know how to quote two different sources in one reply, so the first portion has a link back, and the second (and third, and so on) that are replies to different people's posts have no link back.
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« Reply #7: May 29, 2007, 06:22:46 pm »

Our past PM'ed disagreements aside.  And no I'm not looking to argue again.

Why?

Because that's what I'm used to and have been used to since 1985 or so? (Literally true -- I've been doing message areas of some type back to the days of Apple II BBSes on 300 baud modems.)

Because as Juni pointed out, it helps keep the threads of conversation distinct -- and traceable if there are problems and staff members need to quickly see all the messages related to the problem -- without having to guess or read every message in a thread just to be sure they did not miss anything.
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« Reply #8: May 30, 2007, 03:25:31 pm »

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Because that's what I'm used to and have been used to since 1985 or so? (Literally true -- I've been doing message areas of some type back to the days of Apple II BBSes on 300 baud modems.)

Now that makes more sense, since pretty much anyone can read a thread and 90% of the time know what's going on.  I used to run my BBS's off of a TRS-80 Model 4 in 1985, then I went to a Tandy 1000TX in 1988 and ran the WWIV BBS software until the internet caught hold.

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