Jeff Smith wrote:
This may seem like a pet peeve, and in some ways it is. However, there are also practical reasons behind this request, which I'll get to later in this post.
Quoting Etiquette GUIDELINES
There is no need to quote in full an immediately preceding post in a thread. I know many do it as a matter of convenience; the quote radio button is right there after all. I would prefer that you instead use the Post Reply radio button to respond to an immediately preceding post.
Besides convenience and habit, you may also do it because the text you are replying to is contained as you compose your own post. You can also do that by simply scrolling down to see the preceding post. Or, after you've composed your post, you can delete the quoted text before sending your response.
If you're responding to a specific point in the previous post, and that point is lengthy, try to edit that quote down to respond to the desired target. Be careful NOT to take something out of context; that's frowned upon.
When quoting a post with attached or linked image files, please also try to delete that link. It unnecessarily eats up bandwidth and page space. A good example of this is a post where you are complimenting someone on a great shot; you end up with a post where most of the space is the picture, repeated, and one sentence at the bottom "great shot!".
Finally, there's the "nesting quote". I'll provide an example below.
Sometimes, it's necessary to quote an entire immediately preceding quote. Use your best judgement. This is a guideline, not a rule. Many of you I'm sure have noticed that I've been editing out quotes as unnecessary. I intend no offense; to me it's just housekeeping.
And, by all means, if the post is several back, go right ahead and quote the post so we know what you're talking about. Edit the quote as you desire (again, don't take things out of context please).
Reasons NOT to indiscriminately quote posts
-Ease of reading: I don't think anyone wants to read the same post three or four times if not necessary.
-More compact threads: see above.
-Annoyance factor: okay, this is where it's a pet peeve
. Nothing bugs me more than seeing a post I have to scroll through endlessly to see a two word reply.
-Search functionality: If posts are constantly "repeated", i.e. quoted unnecessarily, you increase the number of search results you get; the original post, and others where it is quoted.
-Search indexing: This may swing both ways. I know when I search something with Google, railroad.net is usually highly ranked in search results. This is good. It could also be a drawback.
I'm sure there are more reasons. And if anyone has any suggestions, by all means, add them here. Just PLEASE don't quote my entire post!
Thank you for your cooperation! Again, this is NOT a rule; I won't hold it against anyone. Just don't hold it against me if for reasons of functionality I edit out a "superfluous" quote. No harm, no foul.
: I don't mean to single anybody out. I've been meaning to post something about this for a while. I've meant to do it as part of a larger project regarding rules of the forum, etiquette, etc. But since I'll never have time to do something all-encompassing like that, I'll take a bite-sized stabs at it.