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Rename Reply to Quote in posts

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Chris D, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I would suggest changing the term "Reply" to "Quote" to start with. From a usability point of view, I can see people who have never used the system before being confused between the two different terms "Reply" and "Multi-Quote".

    It should either be: "Reply" and "Multi-Reply". Or "Quote" and "Multi-Quote".
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  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Now that Multi-Quote is available, it seems a little inconsistent that one link is named "Reply" when in fact it is actually quoting the content of the post.

    Reply requires nothing more than just clicking in the editor and typing.

    Personally I have already made this change on my own site so it's no big deal to have an edited phrase but as it stands I feel there is some inconsistency in the naming and behaviour of these two functions.
  3. Veer

    Veer Well-Known Member

    Well, I have seen that my users are very much inspired with facebook's Like . Comment . Share

    So I'd like to have it like this:

    Like . Comment . Quote . Multi-Quote

    The "Comment" button will direct users to the Quick Reply box (without quoting message). :)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
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  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I have merged Chris' post from another thread into this suggestion as he was the first to suggest it.
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  5. TLMD

    TLMD Active Member

    I'd go with "Quote" and "Multiquote", since every forum user knows what those functions are supposed to do (while the current "Reply" for "Quote" is kind of... unique).

    +1 for the suggestion in general.
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  6. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Alternatively, Reply could be rephrased to Reply to This Message.
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's way too long, especially on mobile devices which have narrow screens.

    It really needs to be just a single word, which is consistent with all of the other named links.
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  8. ZeWildGuy

    ZeWildGuy Member

    I like this idea. Would make a lot of sense.

    I did come up with an idea recently involving the replay button though. I thought that the current one could be renamed to quote, and a new reply button(labeled reply) could be added, and when clicked, this would also embed posts replied to or quoted in the post you are replying to/quoting. Not the best idea, just something I thought I'd throw in.
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  9. Jay

    Jay Active Member

    What about "Reply" and "+Reply", or "Quote" and "+Quote"?
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've just changed the phrases to suit.

    Reply -> Quote
    + -> MQ
  11. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I think the word Reply is still very appropriate IMHO because you are indeed replying to that post. The fact that it will also quote the post you are replying is extremely important in a conversation. Once you click the Reply link the first time, you immediately understand the power and great functionality of a forum and understand the difference between Reply and just typing in a new message using the Quick Reply.
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I just replied to your post.

    I didn't quote it though, which is what clicking Reply does.
  13. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Updated mine like so:
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  14. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure, were you replying to my post? If so, you can see how important quoting the post is, as it removes all ambiguity.
  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There is no need to quote the preceding post.

    When you speak to people do you often repeat what they say before speaking?

    Quoting is severely over-used.
    The first thing I did was name Reply to Quote when I installed XenForo 1.0.0 Beta 1.
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  16. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    You and I know that, but I think many users of forums don't know that.

    At any rate I think the word Reply in the post area is pretty clear you are replying to that post and it's natural that the post be quoted.
  17. ForestForTrees

    ForestForTrees Well-Known Member

    I think the "quote" and "multi-quote" version sounds good. I don't like the + as it is not newbie friendly and to remain competitive we need to bring in a constant stream of newbies. I really hate the word "reply" as it currently exists. It leads to a lot of confusion on my forum. I find the following resource very helpful in fixing this:
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  19. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I agree.

    It's too bad that the interface is now cluttered for a feature that will be seldom used. In 12 years of using forums I haven't once done a multi-quote. I prefer to reply to posts individually.
  20. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It would be too much of a generalisation to suggest that the feature will be seldom used here. I've used it quite a bit and found it quite convenient.

    But for your own board, at least, you can switch it off. So at least we won't be seeing this guy!
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