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Old 01-25-2009, 09:29 AM   #46
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I hope this doesn't come off as too rude -- I am very annoyed & having a hard time being polite. You don't really have the experience of 13 posts at LQ, more like 2 or 2 1/2, & I'm trying to keep that in mind.

There almost never, IMNRHO, any reason to quote all of a previous post in a forum like this -- it's right there for any reader to go back & look at. There is especially no reason to quote all of a post just to thank the person who made it -- that's what the new Blue Thumb "Thank You" button is for. It would be another matter to selectively quote the actual parts that were useful to you. Even better to say why they were useful.

Now let's go to your, probably accidental, post count padding. You jumped from 1 to 13 posts overnight because you put into 12 posts content that should have been in only 1. Here's how you could have done it ...

Let's suppose that you had used the "Thank You" button (Blue Thumb) to give positive feedback to all you wished to, & then you wanted to comment on selected portions of the useful posts:
  1. Open a "Reply" dialog ("Post Reply" button) to write your actual response, do this in a separate tab or window (middle click works for this in several browsers) so that you have the original thread available for ...
  2. Then open, also in a separate tab or window, each post you want to selectively quote.
  3. In its separate tab or window, edit each of those posts down to what you actually want to use. (Delete is your friend .)
  4. For each, highlight All (Ctrl+A), Copy (Ctrl+C), and Paste (Ctrl+V) into your "master" Reply dialog (separate) tab or window.
  5. Close each of these "quotation editing" tabs or windows when you are done w/ them.
  6. In your "master" "Reply" dialog tab/window, add your comments, spell check, preview, revise, preview again, & submit.
Sometimes in step 2, you may need to comment on more than one portion of the post. In this case, duplicate the "Quote" tags you find in the display around each of the pieces you want to use & delete the rest.

How to fix what you have done here.
1st, edit the 1st or last of your 12 posts as I just described. Then edit each of the others down to one short line like "<deleted>". Finally, report those 11 to the Moderators, asking that they be deleted.

I don't know if it's w/in LQ policy to do those deletions, but you will have done your best.
Old 01-25-2009, 10:25 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by archtoad6 View Post
You jumped from 1 to 13 posts overnight
I hope my quote is short enough

Seriously, I thought that posts to a thread one already posted in were not counted. Looking at the number of post of de OP, I see that this is probably not true.


Just checked it, posts in the same thread are counted. I was so sure that in the past I once saw it that all posts in a single thread counted for one. Apparently not.

Last edited by jlinkels; 01-25-2009 at 10:28 AM. Reason: Additional information


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