For the past 15 years this forum has survived without the need of one thread poster repeating/copying the previous poster's comments before replying. There have been the occasional exceptions to that, but generally for good reason. However, in the main it has made threads flow much better when reading them as well as taking up much less space.
For some unknown reason, some newcomers especially, have found it necessary to repeat the previous poster's comments before saying anything. This seems to be heading in the same direction as "text-speak" when that annoying habit started to find its way into the forum. Could we please have some sort of direction on the use of comments repetition, before we fill our forum up like Noah's ark, having everything coming in twos?
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 8, 2019 22:24:48 GMT 10
I am responding to your question about forum policy on requoting posts.
Generally speaking, it is best to keep requoting to a minimum, otherwise the forum will indeed end up like Noah’s Ark. (I like your analogy - it gave me a good laugh. )
Sometimes new forum members quote a post because they are unfamiliar with how the forum works, and it is just the method they find to be able to post their comments. I think in such cases we need to cut them a bit of slack while they learn the mechanics of the forum.
You’ll also notice that sometimes new members quote a post without saying anything themselves. Again I think that happens because they are just trying to find their way around the forum. Where that happens, or there is other unnecessary requoting, the forum admin team deletes the unnecessary or doubled up posts. We may not do it immediately, especially if we’re cutting new members some slack, but it may happen later on when we’re doing some housekeeping.
At the same time I think there is some validity in quoting a post or part of a post when the post was made some time ago, and it provides useful context for the reply. I do that myself sometimes, for example if I’m commenting on a post that was made a few months or years ago, and the reply would make no sense to people reading the current post without knowing the context. Sure people could go back to the original post, but it just makes it easier if the context is provided.
Hope that helps? I’m happy to discuss further if you or others wish to.
By the way, given that your original post on this subject was created on 4 November and I am only catching up on it now, I was tempted to quote part of your post to provide the context, but you’ll be glad to know that I refrained!