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POLL NOW CLOSED. Would you like to have the option to Quote posts on Talk threads (like MNHQ can)? Please come and cast your vote

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 16-Sep-11 15:36:16


We've had a few people asking us to extend to everyone MNHQ's Quote function (you know, the thingie <technical> where we can quote another person's post in our posts).

But we have also clocked a fair few folk who would rather Talk stayed as it is and didn't have a Quote function on threads.

So we have opened up a little poll to find out what the true picture is.

So what do you think? To quote or not to quote?

Do please feel free to discuss the issue with other Mumsnetters here on this thread, and please do vote and help us decide. (We'll leave this up for a good few days to make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute their tuppence ha'penny.)

NB: as it involves a bit of Tech work, we won't roll out the Quote option unless there is a clear majority in favour of it and, if there were, we would most likely test it in a specific topic (such a Chat) before putting it everywhere - just to check it wouldn't cause havoc.

Thanks v much, MNHQ

Yama Fri 16-Sep-11 15:37:32


Songbird Fri 16-Sep-11 15:40:54

Done. Shouldn't this have a sticky?

meditrina Fri 16-Sep-11 15:45:10

Done - voted against as you can cut and paste if you really want to quote. Not that many people do - there isn't really a need, especially as threads should move forwards, not backwards.

And threads would become tediously repetitive in no time at all!

Folu Fri 16-Sep-11 15:47:48


poorbuthappy Fri 16-Sep-11 15:51:52

I don't actually have an outright opinion on this so all I'm going to ask is that if people start quoting an entire post and then just add a really small comment on the bottom they should be banned immediately.
Can you tell that really annoys me?? grin
Also how would deleting posts work in they have been quoted further on in the thread? Will the quote be deleted too??

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 16-Sep-11 15:57:29


Also how would deleting posts work in they have been quoted further on in the thread? Will the quote be deleted too??

Yes, most likely.

AgentProvocateur Fri 16-Sep-11 16:04:34

I find it really complicated on other forums (fora?) when text is quoted and added to, and then that in turn gets quoted and added to. So, it's a no from me!

fruitshootsandheaves Fri 16-Sep-11 16:07:09

I would like all my posts to appear in a nice orangey colour under Fruitshootsandheaves (VIP)

Ta very much

LeninGrad Fri 16-Sep-11 16:10:30

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LeninGrad Fri 16-Sep-11 16:11:25

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 16-Sep-11 16:11:30


I would like all my posts to appear in a nice orangey colour under Fruitshootsandheaves (VIP)

Ta very much

You can highlight your own posts if you go to Customise, fruitshoots - although not sure there's an orangey option (nice or not).

<ignores the VIP bit>

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 16-Sep-11 16:11:54


I like the Mavis option on the poll though.

tee hee

QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 16-Sep-11 16:35:45


Quoting is infuriating. People just quote a post in order to add 'lol' at the bottom and then the next poster does the same and then its just an unreadable mess of quotes upon quotes. I hate sites with quoting and it would actually put me off MN. I like the way MN looks, its clean and uncluttered and that makes the content more meaningful IMO.

madwomanintheattic Fri 16-Sep-11 16:36:01

i voted 'no' as c&p gets used anyway, but i do use the facility elsewhere on tinternet.

that said, wrt deletions, it would solve the current problem of actual posts getting deleted, but as they have already been c&p into a gazillion other horrified replies, you still know exactly what was so offensive, rendering the original deletion a bit null and void...

wigglesrock Fri 16-Sep-11 16:43:04

A No hear, NetMums threads are really hard to read for a number of reasons, the amount of quoting, then an "I agree" is one of the main reasons. It also makes the whole thread seem a lot less "chatty" and it seems very impersonal.

pixiestix Fri 16-Sep-11 16:43:56

Absolutely everything that QueenOfFeckingEverything said.

SnapesOnAPlane Fri 16-Sep-11 16:44:49

I think it'd look very cluttered, it's alright with MNHQ doing it - they rarely post/quote anyway, but with 100 people doing it that'd be a bit much.
Unless it wasn't the big grey box thing, and just blended in with regular text but with posters name + time of post at the top to identify it as a quote, that might be good.

wigglesrock Fri 16-Sep-11 16:48:26

Christ, when I said hear, I meant here. Obviously am spending too much time on other sites!

ForYourDreamsAreChina Fri 16-Sep-11 16:56:46

In the name of that is holy, no.
For every one quoted post that is followed by a nice "agree with everything China says" there are 498 passive-aggressive prissy-lipped pulling-every-word-apart mealy-mouthed snarky posts thinking they've been clever because they've quoted you back at yourself.
As others have said, when it's necessary, we can all cut and paste.

BerryLellow Fri 16-Sep-11 17:11:02

No, definitely not - threads would be all quotes and no substance.

Done and QueenOfFeckingEverything has earned her title on this one.

LongWayRound Fri 16-Sep-11 17:12:55

I don't mind either way. But I've often wished that there was a "recommend" button... so that we could register agreement with a poster without having to create a new post saying nothing more than "Agree with [previous poster]."

Not that I'm too lazy to draft a new post, you understand - it's more that I don't want to clutter threads with posts saying nothing more than "I agree", especially if there are already a lot of messages.

AgentProvocateur Fri 16-Sep-11 17:16:11

Yes, I'd like an agree/disagree or like/dislike button.

LeBOF Fri 16-Sep-11 17:16:42

No, I wouldn't like it.

Can we please have a poll for a hide poster option though? And just trial it for a short time if people want it? I think it would take a lot of heat out of some of the unpleasantness that has been going on lately.

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