Wazoo Posted January 22, 2005 Share Posted January 22, 2005 In a discussion about the confusion of some icon and function changes in this software, I don't think I can top this posted (by a bradl) observation as found in the Invision Power Board Feature Suggestions Forum; The problem remains that Reply = quote and in most cases it's pointless in the extreme to quote a post that's already right there for anyone to see. Quoting should be rare and for a specific reason - to clarify context, to respond to different parts of a post point by point, to bring in something from another page, to bring an off-topic thread back to the original topic by restating the topic, etc. It's seems fairly clear (at least on my board) that many inexperienced users don't intend to quote and are confused when they hit what seems like the logical button, placed right there in the post they are reading ... Reply ... and the post is quoted. The lazy don't bother to edit the quote; the careful are afraid to touch anything in the box but manage to add their comment; the timid just bail, often leaving behind a quoted repeat of the immediately preceding post and nothing else. Does anyone else see this on their boards? I see it a lot. Why users don't say, "Eh? What's all this then? <delete, delete>" I don't know. But it drives me crazy. I know, that's a personal problem. Now failing to use Preview Post, that's another issue but I don't blame the Reply button for that. So, trying to point out the differences; Add Reply - barnd new fresh empty box to type your words into .. this should be the "normal" mode if you are replying to the last post in the Topic or your response is clearly targetted to a previous post (especially if that post is still visible on the same screen as your Reply) "Reply - extracts the previous poster's words and adds them into a new box, such that you can respond to specific lines and statements. Please edit out the data not needed before "Adding the Reply" (Note, multi-embedding of Quotes has been turned off, so if you are quoting a post that was also quoting yet another post, the previously quoted text is in fact removed ... again, you should be responding to the previous posters comments in your reply ..) +/- Quote - a button that pulls in multiple postings into your Reply box, such that you can talk to several previous posts in one Reply .. and again, please edit out data not needed before "Adding the Reply" Fast Reply - a feature that enables users to quickly post in a topic without loading the usual Add Reply page. The posting box is minimal with no emoticons or tag buttons. Note: bradl asked for permission to use his commentary ... answered with; No problem - glad someone sees it my way :-) Very decent of you to ask, too. With permission and best regards, Brad L. ) Thanks !! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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