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Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

How and when to use the quote feature in your posts

Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby SilveradoSierra.com [OP] » Jun 08 2010, 1:00am

How and when to use the quote feature in your posts

  1. NEVER quote a post that is directly above yours.
    Quoting a post that directly precedes your post is redundant, pointless, and takes up more space on the page. Avoid using the quote button unless you are referring to a post made more than one post back up the list. It is unnecessary to quote the post directly above yours. It is assumed that your response pertains to it.

  2. Don't forget to quote when appropriate.
    When you are quoting the words of someone else, you MUST put it inside a quotation box; otherwise, it is misrepresented. Avoid saying "this is what I found: blah blah blah" without using the quote feature to give credit to the person who said it originally. Those words can be mistaken as your own.
    Put it inside a box, like this, otherwise people will think it is your own words.

  3. Quote using the name of the person who said it.
    The site does this automatically when you click the quote button but just in case... remember to add the ="Bill Gates" part when quoting so it will tell the reader who wrote it originally.
    Code: Select all
    [quote="Bill Gates"]The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.[/quote]

    For example:
    CORRECT:
    Bill Gates wrote:The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

    INCORRECT:
    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

  4. NEVER nest more than two quotes inside each other.
    Nesting more than two quotes inside one another makes it very difficult to read and can be very hard the eyes. When more than one quote is quoted (or "nested") is can be confusing and difficult to follow.
    This is the outer quote which has two quotes nested inside of it.
    This is the middle quote nested inside the first which has another post that it is quoting.
    DON'T GO ANY FURTHER THAN THIS.

This is protocol that is followed throughout almost all internet forums to avoid misunderstandings and confusion in forum conversation. Many people read through dozens of messages per day, so it is important to have a unified formatting system that everyone uses properly. I hope this has been helpful.
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby EKinMN » Nov 06 2011, 2:39pm

This deserves a "bump".
I would like to call our members attention to point #1 specifically. The moderators are spending far too much time following members around cleaning up after them, and deleting redundant quotes.
PLEASE pay attention to the quoting rules. Don't make us name names! :lol:

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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby rdss » Nov 07 2011, 3:45am

My favorite is quoting something with a ton of pictures in it like a "how to" or "check out ten pictures of my truck" and getting to see all the pictures a second time if not a third or fourth.
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby WingNut » Nov 07 2011, 4:04am

Agreed rdss,

I see that in many other auto forum s I participate in and itjust kills the loading of the page. SSF has done a great job of containing this effect.
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby EKinMN » Nov 07 2011, 1:51pm

We appreciate that, WingNut...but as the site grows we can't continue spending countless hours fixing them all manually. That was the reason for my note. So, we appreciate everyone's support to keep the site fast and clean!
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby DOMESTICated » May 22 2012, 7:43am

excelent points, I think I may have quoted a post above mine,= bonehead Noob... at least I now know and it won't happen again from my end. forum ettiquite is a great topic, thank you for helping us out.
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby tankrat » May 22 2012, 11:37am

I agree, the rules need to be bumped every now & then. I'll admit I'm pretty sure I violated rule #1 here once or twice :oops: My wife is an admin on several Facebook pages & nothing drives her nuts more than people not following simple rules, but in this case the rules need to be brought to the front on a regular basis so people can get familiar with them. I think the moderators do a great job and this would hopefully make their life a little easier! Great site, glad I joined!
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby WingNut » May 22 2012, 1:18pm

So what happens if you misquote yourself? Such as Stephon Marbury claims or a certain president or... :lol:
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Re: Guidelines for using the [quote] feature properly

Postby #32 » Sep 14 2012, 6:22pm

This thread is due for another BUMP.
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