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"quoting" forum members

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I don't know where to post this so I posted here.

 

I have seen some failed attempts at quoting other members' postings and I thought I would write a how-to on quoting on the board. Hopefully this clears up any ambiguity with quoting.

 

There are a few of ways to do this. "Reply," "Multiquote," and hitting the "insert quotation" button on the posting toolbar.

 

"Reply"

--Uses: if you want you reply to one specific person's post.

1. Find the person's post you want to reply to.

2. Look at the bottom-right section of their post for the "reply" button.

3. Press the button. This will automatically quote their whole post into your own.

4. If you only want a part of their post, once you have finished #'s 1-3 on this how-to, delete anything you don't want that is between the [ quote name="" ] and [ /quote ].

5. DO NOT DELETE THE BRACKETED HTML SCRIPT or you will unsuccessfully quote someone.

 

"Multiquote"

--Uses: if you want to reply to multiple person's posts.

1. Find the people's posts you want to reply to.

2. Look at the bottom-right section of their post for the "multiquote" button.

3. You will see the "multiquote" button light up.

4. Find the remaining people's posts and continue pressing their "multiquote" buttons.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit the "add reply" button.

6. This will add to your reply all of those posts chosen.

 

"Insert Quotation" button

--Uses: if you have already started writing your post but want to add another's post into your own.

1. Locate the posting toolbar located above the white writable area (what toolbar? this toolbar also has "Bold, Italicize, Underline...etc.")

2. The "insert quotation" button looks like a speech bubble, or a quote bubble and is right between the "insert email" button and the "insert code snippet" button.

3. Press the "insert quotation" button

4. You will get this [ quote ] and [ /quote ]. (I had to add spaces between the brackets for the html to be disabled to show you)

5. The [ quote ] and [ /quote ] are HTML and are telling the computer that a quote is starting and a quote is ending. The ending of the quote is always signified with a backslash--> /.

6. If you wish to put who you are quoting, in the first quote bracket, type this [ quote name="johndoe" ].

7. Double check that the quote has both the beginning quotation bracket ( [ quote ] ) and the ending quotation bracket ( [ /quote ] ).

8. Your finished quote should look exactly like this, but spaces omitted between the brackets and text:

[ quote name="johndoe" ]Hello! My name is John Doe.[ /quote ]

9. Omitting the spaces, the quote will appear like this:

Hello! My name is John Doe.

 

 

I hope this helps everyone!

Phill

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Yes indeed... much appreciated Thanks, Phill.

 

Sometimes, it does seem the postings are unnecessarily long, with included full body quotes, a result probably from the lack of knowledge in editing the HTML script.

 

A further note is.... there are TWO different REPLY buttons. The REPLY button, as described by Phill, within the boundary of the post... and the button ADD REPLY at the bottom of the page between the two brown header bars. As Phill mentioned the REPLY button within the post will add THAT posting as a 'Quote'.... while using the ADD REPLY button merely allows a new posting addition to the thread without adding a quote.

 

At times it appears that some select the wrong REPLY button as there are needless inclusions of quoted posts beginning the replies, though it also seems this has abated somewhat more recently, probably as members become more accustomed to posting and operating within the program. Myself included....biggrin.gif

 

 

 

smokin pots.... I'm not sure exactly what you were attempting, though I think you were doing a hands-on test of what Phill outlined above, using his last passage.....

 

This is very cool! [ quote name=Phill]

I hope this helps everyone!

Phill/quote]

 

 

Hope it works for me,

 

 

Juli

 

If so.... There were two errors you overlooked that prevented it from looking like this.....

 

I hope this helps everyone!

Phill

(if not your intention... my sincerest apologies for erroneous assumptions....)

 

The first error was that the single quotation mark must be made directly before and after the quoted member's name, within the first pair of brackets...

Example ----- 'Phill'

 

Second error was a missing left-side bracket - [ - that should have immediately followed Phill's name and directly

preceding the (end of quote) backslash (at the end of the 'desired' quotation). Without this bracket the HTML code is not notified that this is the end of the quote and so sees it only as another type character.

 

However, it is good that you tried doing it anyway, as that is certainly the best way to learn. One thing that I do on many postings, where I may include quotes is to first use the PREVIEW POST button (right of ADD REPLY button) to see first-hand how my posting will actually look once posted. If it doesn't appear the way I intended, than I go back and re-edit until it does post as intended. At that time, when I am satisfied with how it appears, I select the ADD REPLY button.

 

To really learn all this techno-hocus-pocus... blink.gif ... one can play around with all these buttons in a makeshift reply while using the PREVIEW POST button to see what and how the editing functions work and then use the CANCEL button when finished, so the rest of us will never know that you are secretly becoming a Forum HTML 'supergeek'.... biggrin.gif

 

----Rick

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smokin pots... your failure was extremely minimal. Just two overlooked 'typo' errors.

 

When next you, or any other member, have a little extra time (coupled with the desire), by all means don't hesitate to play around using my last posted tip (quoted below). You can learn so much more and on a quicker learning curve, than just trying it whenever you next desire to post onto a thread. wink.gif

 

 

... use the PREVIEW POST button (right of ADD REPLY button) to see first-hand how my posting will actually look once posted. If it doesn't appear the way I intended, than I go back and re-edit until it does post as intended. At that time, when I am satisfied with how it appears, I select the ADD REPLY button.

 

To really learn all this techno-hocus-pocus... blink.gif ... one can play around with all these buttons in a makeshift reply while using the PREVIEW POST button to see what and how the editing functions work and then use the CANCEL button when finished, so the rest of us will never know that you are secretly becoming a Forum HTML 'supergeek'.... biggrin.gif

 

----Rick

 

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