Quoting: better or worse?

datePosted on 19:01, January 14th, 2009 by Anita

In response to some questions about quoting, and some pretty hard to read comments, I’ve just installed the clickquote plugin and would like some feedback about whether it’s made things better or worse.

Now if you click on a paragraph in a post or comment it will magically appear in your comment box all wrapped up in a blockquote. You will still need to type in who you’re quoting and add some of your own words too :)

So, is that better or worse? Anything else you’d like?

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9 Responses to “Quoting: better or worse?”

  1. Rex Widerstrom on January 14th, 2009 at 19:10

    Now if you click on a paragraph in a post or comment it will magically appear in your comment box all wrapped up in a blockquote. You will still need to type in who you’re quoting and add some of your own words too :)

    Oooo errr! Like magic, that is!

    I still reckon real men code by hand though ;-P

  2. Anita on January 14th, 2009 at 19:20

    Rex,

    I still reckon real men code by hand though ;-P

    Absolutely! All this CSS makes me feel dirty; look-and-feel should be hand coded! :)

  3. Pascal's bookie on January 14th, 2009 at 19:31

    So, is that better or worse? Anything else you’d like?

    That’s convenient. But being nice to libertarians is objectively wrong.

    I’d like something that makes Rand quotes appear in a typeface that looks more like the original crayon. ;)

  4. Rex Widerstrom on January 14th, 2009 at 21:12

    And socialist ones written in the blood of martyred revolutionaries, PB? :-D

  5. Rex Widerstrom on January 14th, 2009 at 21:22

    Ah I’ve found one “bug”… if one clicks on a link, it both opens that link in a new window and copies that entire paragraph into the comment box. Might constitute a trap for young players… we shall see I guess.

    On a psychological rather than technical note, I do hope people don’t get lazy and fail to edit out the superfluous parts of paragraphs they’re quoting, leaving only the relevant bit they’re responding to.

    All this CSS makes me feel dirty; look-and-feel should be hand coded! :)

    Gaaah CSS… I’m trying to control the design of my new website that way, just because… well… you’re expected to nowadays. What’s wrong with fixed width 800px tables, damnit?! Why when I were a lad, we were lucky to have web pages served on 800px tables…

  6. lprent on January 15th, 2009 at 06:43

    Now if you click on a paragraph in a post or comment it will magically appear in your comment box all wrapped up in a blockquote. You will still need to type in who you’re quoting and add some of your own words too :)

    Interesting plugin. I’ll add that to the list of things to look at when I get a spare weekend. You ever notice how that doing contracts sucks up all available coding time?

    Ah I’ve found one “bug”… if one clicks on a link, it both opens that link in a new window and copies that entire paragraph into the comment box. Might constitute a trap for young players… we shall see I guess.

    Rex – that is a feature. It does more than you expect :) A ‘bug’ is that when you quote something it moves your cursor to the top of the edit box.

    Gaaah CSS… I’m trying to control the design of my new website that way, just because… well… you’re expected to nowadays. What’s wrong with fixed width 800px tables, damnit?! Why when I were a lad, we were lucky to have web pages served on 800px tables…

    It is a hell of a lot easier with CSS. But you really need to get a book that ignores IE and concentrates on the CSS 2.1 standard.

    Actually Anita – I really miss my smileys… Especially :twisted: Any reason that they are off?

  7. BLiP on January 15th, 2009 at 15:18

    Choice!! Customer service at its best – haven’t found anything to quote yet but have had a tutu – seems to work well. Not too sure what Rex is on about but, I admit, I am a computer bunny.

    Thanks very much.

  8. Rex Widerstrom on January 15th, 2009 at 16:06

    Rex – that is a feature. It does more than you expect :)

    You should be doing PR for Ford, lprent. “Our SUVs catch fire because it’s a special feature. Mmmmm warm toasty interior”. :-P

  9. Anita on January 15th, 2009 at 18:08

    lprent writes,

    Interesting plugin. I’ll add that to the list of things to look at when I get a spare weekend. You ever notice how that doing contracts sucks up all available coding time?

    Hell yeah! Tho I find that contracts which require travel to other towns can sometimes create whole evenings with nothing much to do – you should try a contract which requires working in Palmerston North :)

    Actually Anita – I really miss my smileys… Especially :twisted: Any reason that they are off?

    Someone asked for them to be off, and they play havoc with line spacing (plus I don’t like them – they steal away my ability to write what I want to appear the way I want it to appear :)

    Perhaps I should figure out if I can make them user optional.

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