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bobjob 30-08-2021 09:48 PM

I got the impression the three-sentence Quote rule was in the 'Rules' section....

I had already found the Copy and Paste two-sentence one, presumably introduced to stop idiots who like to copy large sections of text from wherever and then paste them pointlessly and obstructively in an active thread - I get that.

The three sentence one isn't a problem provided folk know how to use editing tools - it's not difficult - because the whole posting can initially be quoted, establishing the context of one's response, and then most of the quoted text can be deleted before posting the response. The way I showed earlier as an example.

hazada guess 31-08-2021 02:06 PM

I haven't been able to work out how to only quote 3 sentences .:confused: ,I just type in the part that I want to refer to.:redface:

Miss Hepburn 31-08-2021 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by hazada guess
I haven't been able to work out how to only quote 3 sentences .:confused: ,I just type in the part that I want to refer to.:redface:

Sure that's ok...But just click Quote and the entire quote comes up, right?
Highlight all but the sentences you want, click Delete on your keyboard or Backspace...Voila! All gone but the 3 sentences!
Also if you would like say, 'from Post #37'.

bobjob 31-08-2021 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by hazada guess
I haven't bee...............hat I want to refer to.:redface:


Highlight the piece or the sentences you want to get rid of, press and hold the full-stop / period symbol to add the dots and to show you've deleted some text - leave enough text to show what you're responding to - like I've just done above - job done!

Practice with a real posting then use the 'Preview Post' to see what it looks like. Keep fiddling about until you're happy with what you've achieved and then just discard the whole thing without posting it.

Miss Hepburn 31-08-2021 05:52 PM

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I haven't bee...............hat I want to refer to
bobjob, the quote makes no sense chopping off words like you do. At least place one full sentence.
Nothing wrong with 3 full sentences.

bobjob 31-08-2021 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miss Hepburn
bobjob, the quote makes no sense chopping off words like you do. At least place one full sentence.
Nothing wrong with 3 full sentences.


That was just an example of how a member could thin out the number of characters, words, lines - or sentences. It's the same same principle whichever and you could easily leave one sentence or three sentences.

For me it makes no sense in routinely thinning sentences anyway but it's what's decreed so it's what I do. :smile:

blessings :hug3:

hazada guess 01-09-2021 06:33 AM

Thanks for the help Miss Hepburn and bobjob.Problem solved,I'll do that next time I need it.:smile:

FairyCrystal 17-10-2021 10:10 AM

I find this rule highly annoying and I don't see the point of it either.
Oftentimes you want to react to the whole lot of a previous posting but with 3 sentences the essence gets lost and there's no point in replying at all anymore.
OR you have to create 3 line quotes within your reply again and again which is awfully time consuming and annoying.

If it has to do with server space... get rid of old topics or get more server space.
Many people have coughed up money, so much that we were told it was enough for years. Then the least you can do is make sure we can use the forum normally.
And implement the policy -which can be automatically done even- that older & inactive topics get removed.

bobjob 17-10-2021 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by FairyCrystal
I find this rule highly annoying and I don't see the point of it either.
Oftentimes you want to react to the whole lot of a previous posting but with 3 sentences the essence gets lost and there's no point in replying at all anymore.
OR you have to create 3 line quotes within your reply again and again which is awfully time consuming and annoying.

If it has to do with server space... get rid of old topics or get more server space.
Many people have coughed up money, so much that we were told it was enough for years. Then the least you can do is make sure we can use the forum normally.
And implement the policy -which can be automatically done even- that older & inactive topics get removed.


Yes it's annoying and may not solve problems so much as creating them for active members. But we have to do what's decided by those charged with operating the website and there are easy-enough workarounds.

I doubt it makes any more than a scrat of difference to file size hence server storage space but I'm in no position to be able to substantiate my doubts.

How the website operates is the province of those with that responsibility. We're privileged we get to use this wonderful resource without charge - FREE! Let's reflect on that, eh?

Guillaume 17-10-2021 11:46 AM

There are 2M posts, and most of them are old and in inactive threads.

What people do sometimes is that they take out of their website everything which dates more than xx months, put it in a archived section still available for reading only, and only run the software with the new posts and threads.

That would mean exporting the old threads to a static site. Then deleting the old content from the forum. Maybe vBulletin has got that functionality.

Ha, actually the static site already exists.
https://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/archive/

Admins, do you know if you can delete a thread without deleting from the archive? Maybe "archiving" a thread would just do that?


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