You know, the actual number of sentences on a page of forum posts is really small. Why is everyone so in love with the quote button? Typically a post has 8 lines of quote for every 1 line of response. It makes reading posts a pain since I end up re-reading the same stuff over and over.
So my idea for a fix is to make the quote show up in a flying div; it would only be visible when you moused over it. That would eliminate a lot of the visual clutter.
Maybe I'm the only one that gets annoyed by this ?
That kind of a change isn't going to occur any time soon.
Also, quote trees are awesome. Why would anyone want to hide them?
Alas, if I kept up that level of shouting here I'd lose my voice within the hour.
Also, there's already a thread designed specifically for suggestions like these. Check it out.
After you've been here for a while, you learn to just skip over quotes. I would prefer /b/-style post references, but that would probably require some modification to a forum system that is (according to Alpha) held together with duct tape and prayer.
This is unecessary, and I like it the way it is.
Either way, I'd rather it not be automated, I can definitely see that getting annoying. Plus I like a good quote tree from time to time.
Plus having to constantly mouse over to see what someone is replying to would be a pain in the ass. It's better than having to go back several pages to see what someone is responding to, but still stupid just so you don't have to scroll past a few lines of text.
Why would you need to quote the OP? I'm sure some of it is just habit. You get a huge discussion going on with lots of points raised and many simultaneous conversations going on and hey..using the quote button is understandable in that case. But when you are having a fairly isolated conversation and its painfully obvious who you're responding to, why use the quote?
but as much as I don't get it need to overuse quotes unless it degenerates into a huge quote tree..its not hurting anything either so...whatever. I'm just glad to see im not the only one who thinks quotes were overused
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Edit: The anchor could just be set for the bottom of the post.
Good lord, that kind of shit should be a jailing.
On the other hand, it isn't hard to scroll/skim through quotes you've already read, and often it helps clarify what somebody is replying to. So people just need to exercise common sense when it comes to quotes, and maybe have mods bitch-slap them if they're stupid.
We tend to have several simultaneous discussions going on in the same thread in D&D, so quoting is really, really useful.
If you're involved in a conversation with someone who isn't trimming the quote tree, just trim it with your reply, and they'll quote you with the trimmed tree. Problem solved.
Really, we don't need it.
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uh, I just scroll past stuff I've already read. I thought everyone did.
Also, this is a technical problem requiring coding. That just isn't going to happen because the guy who does that isn't around enough to do it. Sorry, that's the beginning and end of it.
CUZ THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE MIDDLE AND IT'S GIVING ME A RASH