Quote Button Missing?


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Mal H
February 24, 2006, 12:02 PM
It has been decided by a majority of the THR staff that the post quote button is being misused and abused here. Therefore, it has been removed from the posts within threads. On an historical note, the quote button has only been around about three months. It had been removed from the beginning, but we failed to remove it with the latest version of vBulletin.

There are numerous examples of members using the quote button to copy a long post just above theirs and add only a "+1". Some of the quoted posts even include fairly large photos which get posted more than once in a thread.

The bandwidth issue alone is good enough reason to do away with the button. Every unnecessary byte not sent out is money saved. Some threads with many quoted posts can literally double the transmission costs.

The arguments for keeping the button, such as "it makes it so much easier to quote someone", or "members should delete the text they don't need to quote" have all been heard before.

The former argument may be true, but is it really so hard to cut, paste, highlight and click on the quote button ( http://www.thehighroad.org/images/editor/quote.gif )? Taking a little effort to quote someone should make the quoted material more pertinent to the post; it will certainly discourage the lazy practice of quoting an entire post just so that a member can say he or she agrees with it.

The latter argument just isn't true. Members simply don't edit quotes derived with the quote button. It seems to be an all or none type of thing.

So please don't start a thread here asking for the quote button back, it won't happen. A poll where 90% of the members say they liked the button and it should be reinstated won't help. Folks, it's not a democracy here when it comes to the quote button - it's gone.


Quote tag usage from the FAQ's: http://www.thehighroad.org/misc.php?do=bbcode#quote

One of many threads explaining how to quote: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=143230

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raxafarian
January 1, 2007, 02:13 PM
What happened to the "quote" button that is built into the forum software? (Normally appears next to the 'edit' button)

ReefBlue
January 16, 2008, 10:11 PM
Why is the quote button disabled in the first place?

ArfinGreebly
January 16, 2008, 11:59 PM
The "quote entire post" button was disabled for bandwidth reasons.

What happens is "people" (present company excepted) get lazy, hit the button, and quote way more than they need -- including attachments, photos -- creating a huge bandwidth hit on the server.

So, in order to make it even possible for our dialup members to participate -- and to keep bandwidth costs in line -- the "quote post" button had to go away.

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