PinkDalek wrote:This isn't a problem that is solely applicable to him. Others hit the full quote button and carry on regardless.
One observation to add to that is that editing quotes down safely does require the person doing it to have some feel for the structure of the BBCode language and even if they do, there are some 'traps' in it. For example, every so often I see what is clearly intended to be a quote, but just a bit too much has been cut off its start, so that in the BBCode, it is of the form [quo
te] rather than [quo
te], with the "..."s being the part of what UserName wrote that they want to quote. The result is that the phpBB software fails to recognise it as a valid quote sequence and just shows it as is.
And I'm pretty certain that I know what the trap that leads to that is (from having fallen into it enough times myself, at least as far as only noticing it in preview!). If the full quote starts with a nested quote, then the BBCode produced by hitting the full quote button starts with [quo
te="User2"]. If you want to delete its start, including the nested quote, the natural thing to do (at least on Windows tablets, laptops and desktops and using a mouse) is a click-and-drag selection starting after the first "] and before the immediately following [ followed by deleting the selection. But if you do that, the Windows software has (at least by default) a 'helpful' (*) correct-misclicks-not-at-word-starts-or-ends feature that results in it deciding you really meant to start the click-and-drag before
that "] and the incorrect BBCode results unless you're paying careful attention...
Anyway, the point is that I wouldn't be at all surprised if quite a few TLF users have tried editing quotes down and experienced enough problems with doing so that they've given up trying, and either don't quote at all or use the full quote button without any subsequent editing-down of the quote. Not saying either of those is helpful behaviour for readers, but they are understandable, especially when the user concerned isn't especially computer-savvy.
(*) No doubt a feature many Windows users do indeed find helpful, because they're sloppy clickers or using a less accurate pointing device than a mouse. But absolutely maddening for those who have learnt to click accurately!