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How to issue a gentle warning to people overusing the quote feature

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by JackieChun, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. JackieChun

    JackieChun Active Member

    What is the best way to warn members who insist on massively quoting everything and everyone in every thread?

    I want to avoid sending them a PM from a moderator account in order to avoid needless replies of the "But I think quoting is better because..." variety.

    Is there a way to send them a popup message that they have to read and agree to before dismissing? That would probably be ideal.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I made it a forum rule on my site.

    It's the one thing which really (really) annoys me.

    It happens way, way, way too much on here.

    (waits for the quoting just because...)
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  3. JackieChun

    JackieChun Active Member

    People don't read rules upon joining the site. That's why I want something that can be shoved in the face of the people who have been caught breaking the rule, like a pop-up. Overquote, get a pop-up. Overquote, get a pop-up. Eventually stop overquoting.
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  4. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    In my opinion there's really not a good way of doing this, members don't like to be told what to do.

    You might like to try this add-on which could help:

  5. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    Outside of religion & politics this has probably caused the most arguments on our site in the past. Our worst offenders always claimed they did it on other forums & it wasn't a big deal. It's reassuring to see it's seen as a problem by other admins.
  6. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    I seriously don't understand the issue people have with quoting... It tells people specifically what they're replying to, which is really important...
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  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's seriously annoying when people quote the preceding post in full, especially when it's clear which post they're responding to.
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  8. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Hmm, well I guess we'll agree to disagree on that one. Mainly because it isn't clear which post they're responding to, rarely in fact (for me at least, although maybe I'm just strange). Anyway, each to their own.
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  10. JackieChun

    JackieChun Active Member

    Google considers quoted text being duplicate text, so overquoting has significant SEO implications. That alone is a sufficient enough reason to keep quoting on any given page to a minimum.
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  11. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    Liam - imagine the proceeding post you quoted was half a screen of text or included several full size images. If folk edit out the images or the bulk of the text to leave the specific part they are replying too it's not so bad but some folk are lazy.
  12. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    Even more reason to make quoting elective rather than non-elective.
  13. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

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  14. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    nice pic! :mad:
  15. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    Not as muh a PITA as some platforms then! At least the image didn't repeat!
  16. JackieChun

    JackieChun Active Member

    Dude, 5 posts in a row, really?
  17. rwm1962

    rwm1962 Active Member

    I guess the quote thing bugs the hell out of me enough to keep picking away at it!
  18. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    The sites I manage have a quoting problem called "spaghetti quoting", and it is utterly evil.

    What is spaghetti quoting? At its extreme, it is when some user slices a 2000 word post into single sentences and then writes individual reply to each sentence. And then repeats and repeats.
  19. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    To be honest, I never realized this bugged anyone at all. I always quote the post I'm responding to unless I'm responding to the entire thread (such as this), even if the post I'm replying to is the most recent post. I also noticed that in debate style threads it can reduce the "was that directed towards me?" type posts that sometimes happen even when completely unintended.

    I don't know, but I'm pretty confident what @rwm1962 did is way more annoying.
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  20. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

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