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How to quote from other people's messages

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:24 pm
by Charlie
I received a private message from a contributor too shy to ask in public, how do you quote from other people's messages.

Here's how I do it. I welcome refinements from anybody else

In the top right hand corner of every message is a list which includes 'Edit', 'Quote' and a small 'x'

'Edit' enables you to return at any time to your own messages and change them (but not anybody else's)

'Quote' allows you to start your message with a quote from somebody else's

Choose 'quote', and a new message opens containing the one you are replying to, framed by: [ quote="name" ] and : [ /quote ]

[Please note - There must be no gaps within the two sets of square brackets, but if I don't put them in here, they confuse things by enacting the 'quote' mechanism I am trying to describe!]

If you want to keep everything they said, you just starting writing your own reply after the last square bracket

If you want to reduce their message, highlight and get rid of whatever you don’t want, keeping the bit(s) you do. If you get rid of too much, you can write it back in by hand, making sure to keep those two phrases in square brackets.

The usual preview and submit process applies.

'x' enables you come back and delete your own messages, but not anybody else's

CG

Re: How to quote from other people's messages

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:41 pm
by Roger Bradley
Charlie wrote:
In the top right hand corner of every message is a list which includes 'Edit', 'Quote' and a small 'x'



I've just been following this through because I was never quite sure how this Quotes thingy worked.

I've noticed a couple of points that might clarify what Charlie has written in that sentence I am now able to quote:

1. The buttons at top right that say 'Edit' and 'x' only appear when you reopen one of your own messages (not on every message you open).

2. You have to be logged in first before reopening your own message or the buttons won't be there.

Hopefully I've got that right. If not, somebody else can now quote me!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:49 pm
by That Was Jonathan E. Then
One thing I've never quite figured out is how to quote more than previous comment within a reply as I've seen a couple of computer whizzbangers manage to do.

Is it a multiple copy-and-paste thing or is there a quicker and easier method?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:56 pm
by Charlie
Jonathan E. wrote:Is it a multiple copy-and-paste thing ?

Yes, it is, and quite time-consuming, so I'm going to cheat by answering your message this way while confirming that Roger is right, the 'x' only appears in each person's own messages.