How to Delete a post

Discussion in 'Questions, Rules, Suggestions' started by Moose's Mowing, Oct 21, 2012.

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  1. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    I'll check and if it is something we can change we will because I think a quote should be exactly that and not changed or taken out of context
     
  2. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Michael, the main problem I see with this idea is that it's significantly more efficient to distill a quote down to what's relevant to the reply, or to break it into multiple points for a bulleted reply.
     
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    but I've seen where words are removed, put in a different order or even words added to the original quote. all so either that poster can make his point or make another poster look bad.

    like I said I've not noticed it frequently but I have seen it before. on a multi page thread no one wants to hunt down the original post to see what was actually written, that's part of the point of quoting.

    I see what your saying, sometimes you only maybe want a certain sentence from the quote but when you start removing parts of a quote or altering the words it can change the whole meaning of the quote and is putting words into the mouth of that poster.
     
  4. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    see how I changed what you said.

    now it's a drastic change to make my point but it makes my points and I have seen things like this happen.
     
  5. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    yes, I understand your point and we can look into it...like I said, not sure if we can adjust that and, as tony said, it could also alter quoting or trying to quote specific points within a post in order to respond accordingly if someone chooses to
     
  6. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    In all my years here, I haven't seen that happen. Obviously, that's not to say it hasn't because you seem to have run into it, but when I weigh out the cost to benefit, I think the ability to edit down a quote outweighs the minimal risk that you demonstrate. Really, to boil it down, if someone posts 8 high-resolution pictures of a weed they want identified, do I really need to keep seeing those accurately quoted each time, or can I just quote the part that says, "Hey, guys...what kind of weed is this?". :)

    If it's a long post, containing multiple questions, it's much easier to respond to by breaking it out and replying question by question. It's also easier to read the reply and understand what is being addressed without having to cross-reference the original paragraphs and try to understand what is being responded to. I use this quite often due to the varied, detailed questions we see in the web sub-forum.

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    Cheers all.
     
  7. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    :laugh: good points from both of you...so, ok guys, I would say agree, or disagree or agree to disagree I guess LOL. but, if there is something we can do we will, and let you know.

    and I figure we can all make a point or counterpoint on quotes or, as tony pointed out, something that isn't even quoted, but I'll close this for now

    thanks for all the suggestions and recommendations :waving:
     
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