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Highlighting quotes from other posts
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:31:00 am »
A forum user messaged me saying they didn't know how to insert quotes from other posts in replies.

For those who don't know how to do it, here is how it is done.

Click on the quote button in the post you want to quote --- the button looks like this .

You can then edit out the words you don't want to include so that people can see the exact sentence you are referring to.

A darker background is automatically inserted behind the quote to make it stand out.

Alternatively, when typing a message, click this icon in the row of icons , that will insert this code in your message...

Code: [Select]
[quote]   [/quote]
You can then put the material you want to quote in between the two quote tags.

The benefit of the first is that it includes a link to the post you are quoting, so people can click on the link and read the full quote in context.

By the way, if anyone is struggling with how to use the forum, the site has excellent 'help' files.  You reach them by clicking on the '?help' button, which looks like this  or click here to go to them directly.

The help files about quoting can be reached by clicking here.

« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 11:37:03 pm by Bob »
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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 10:34:35 am »
Hi,

There have been a number of problems with people using the quotes functionality recently.

The following should help.

When you quote someone, make sure your comments are not inside the final
Code: [Select]
[/quote] tag, if they are they will look as though they are written by the person you are quoting.

When you click the quote icon the whole post you want to quote from appears inside a quote box, with a bit of code at the beginning of the quote (which also includes a link to the post you are quoting from) that looks like this.

Code: [Select]
[quote author=xxx link=topic=xxx date=xxx]
and a closing quote tag that looks like this

Code: [Select]
[/quote]
Simply make sure your comments are outside of the closing quote tag
Code: [Select]
[/quote]
This is particularly important when quoting a post that already has a quote posted in.

Any problems send me a personal message.

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« Last Edit: May 11, 2008, 10:56:51 am by David Brewer »
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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2008, 11:06:42 pm »
It's also a good idea to preview your post before posting it to check it's worked
 

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2008, 11:08:37 pm »
Good point Angel, thanks

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2008, 09:50:06 pm »
If you want to use quotes in posts, please do the following.

In the post you want to quote, click on the quote button (it looks like this )

Then, when the quote is copied into your message box, you can then edit it.

You will find it starts with some code showing which thread you are quoting from, and it ends with a closing quote. A bit like this.

Code: [Select]
[quote author=xxxxxx link=topic=xxxx.msgxxx#msgxxxxx date=xxxxxx]
If you want to shorten the quote to the part you want to refer to, simply edit the words.

Please make sue that the close quote code, which looks like this,
Code: [Select]
[/quote]appears at the end of the quote you want to refer to.

Then you post your reply as normal.

If you want to make multiple quotes from the same post make sure you put the opening quote code at the beginning of the new part of the quote and the closing quote code at the end.

You can bring in quote from other posts in the same way.

The benefit of using quotes is that they link back to the original post, so that people following your train of thought can refer back to the point you are building on.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2008, 10:08:31 pm »
A reminder about how to use the quote function.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2008, 10:24:46 pm »
It's also a good idea to preview your post before posting it to check it's worked

But when I preview, I don't see the blue box?
 

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 06:34:59 am »
hi chcken legs,

When you preview you should see the words you have quoted shaded in grey.

A number of other forum users have struggled with using quotes, the top of this thread explains how to use the quote feature.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2009, 11:11:24 am »
I see a number of people have had problems quoting from posts with multiple quotes. To avoid getting a large grey box with many quotes - which makes it hard to figure out which one you are referring to... do the following.

After clicking on the quote button and inserting the previous comments in your post, you need to edit the text to only include the quote you want to refer to.

There needs to be a quote reference to that post at the top and the end quote code at the end.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2010, 11:59:17 am »
I'd just like to remind people to use the quote function when quoting other forum users.  There are instructions earlier in this thread, but to ensure you add the right context for your answers go to the post you want to quote from and use the quote button to copy the text (and code) needed to reference the original comment. The quote box button looks like this. 

If you don't use the quote box it can be hard to figure out which are your words and which are those you are commenting on.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2010, 01:13:30 pm »
A number of people seem to be having difficulty quoting from posts. Some are quoting but not offering a link to the original, some are creating quotes within quotes.

Earlier in this thread it explains how to use quotes. 

If you quote a post with a quote already in, you will have to edit to show the quote you are referring to - otherwise the whole post becomes a jumble of quotes in a large grey box.

Please read the earlier posts.  The Help files are useful, too.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2010, 09:04:06 pm »
I have had to fix another quote box tonight.

If you want to insert a quote from another post in your post do the following.

1: Go to the post you want to quote
2: Click the quote button, which looks like this
3: The complete text of the post you want to quote from will now appear in a message box.
4: Edit out all the text you don't want so that only the quote you want is visible.
5: Type your message
6: Preview
7: Post

Note: If the quote already contains a quote box, be sure to edit out the quotes you don't want, otherwise you will just get a jumble of quotes all in grey and nobody will be able to follow.

Also: Please do not use the quote function in the message options - it looks like this if you are referring to an earlier post, because if you do, those reading your messagewill not be able to refer back to the post you are quoting from and the context will be lost.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2012, 12:35:09 pm »
Hi all,

Just a reminder that when you are responding to a point made in a previous post, please include a quote link back to the post you are referring to. This helps readers understand the context of the point you are making. To do so just click the quote link in the message you are wanting to reply to.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2012, 09:25:16 am »
Doesn't work for me.

I just get a little dialog saying 'Retrieving Quote...'
but nothing ever happens.

Could be my dodgy work PC I suppose.
 

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2012, 05:32:48 pm »
Just a reminder that when you are responding to a point made in a previous post, please include a quote link back to the post you are referring to.

This is what it should look like
 

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2012, 04:53:34 pm »
Just a reminder that when you are responding to a point made in a previous post, please include a quote link back to the post you are referring to.

This is what it should look like

This is what a quote inside a quote should look like
 

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2012, 07:55:05 am »
Just a reminder on using the quote function. The purpose is that you can include the point you are responding to in your post and, in doing so, offer a link back to that message. The value is that it offers context for those reading your comment. Of course you could write 'in reply to David's rambling in his earlier post', but the reader then has to scroll up to read my ramblings in order to understand your point. With the quote function they can see my ramblings embedded in your post and can click on the link the quote function generates to go back to the original comments.  So the more we use the quote box the more informed (or in the case of my ramblings - more confused) everyone will be.

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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2013, 06:40:19 am »
This is another reminder about how to use the quote function on this site's forum. Earlier in this thread are instructions. Using the quote box functionality properly provides a clickable link to the post to which you are referring. It also reveals the name of the person who made the quote you are referring to and the time that quote was made. All this helps the reader find the context for the original quote and helps them assess whether the response was reasonable and fair.

When responding to a quote please make sure your response is outside the final [/quote] box, otherwise it will be included in the quote you are referencing.
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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2014, 01:42:24 pm »
A reminder to those wanting to quote comments made by others in their posts. Please use the quote button in the message you want to quote. This will not only include the quote in your post, but will also offer a link back to the original post so that people reading your response can appreciate the context. Thanks
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Re: Highlighting quotes from other posts
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2015, 07:15:24 am »
A reminder  (above) for those new to the forum about how to quote other posts when replying to a discussion. David
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