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Quote your source

by allolex (Curate)
on Nov 21, 2003 at 21:08 UTC ( #309052=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Hidden updates ;-(

I guess one way around this problem is to quote the bits of whichever node you are replying to. They'll have a hard time changing your node contents and making your remarks seem strange. And yes, I know it should be unnecessary in a threaded discussion.


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Re: Quote your source
by sauoq (Abbot) on Nov 22, 2003 at 00:17 UTC
    I guess one way around this problem is to quote the bits of whichever node you are replying to.

    Bingo and ++. That's how I do it.

    And yes, I know it should be unnecessary in a threaded discussion.

    Au contraire! I think it makes perfect sense even in a threaded discussion. For instance, I also prefer to reply to email and newsgroup posts inline, paragraph by paragraph (or sentence by sentence when necessary.) It is, I think, always worthwhile to provide the context and save your readers the effort of finding it.

    -sauoq
    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
    
      For instance, I also prefer to reply to email and newsgroup posts inline, paragraph by paragraph (or sentence by sentence when necessary.) It is, I think, always worthwhile to provide the context and save your readers the effort of finding it.

      I think increasing text cohesion is a Good Thing, but I still think that adding context via quotes in an uneditable threaded discussion context is optional. As suggested by your post, the level of cohesion and coherence can be established in several ways: by quote, summarization, or dependence on structure. :)

      Coherence in Text Linguistics

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      Allolex

      Perl and Linguistics
      http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=3394

Re: Quote your source
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Nov 22, 2003 at 08:20 UTC
    Quoting is only unnecessary for replies to very short posts or replies to the general sentiment of a post that don't address any specific part of it. Particularly when you're replying to a long post and specifically addressing two or more different concerns of it, it is not sensibly possible to avoid quoting.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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