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03-09-2012, 08:03 PM
When using quotations in a message, be sure that both the initial
and final formatting tags in those quotations, as shown in your message text entry, remain intact, including both of the the leading '[' and trailing ']' square brackets with nothing else inserted inside those formatting tags particularly if you do any editing of those quotations, or the forum software will not recognize them, and you won't get a proper quotation!

There's been a lot of edited/screwed up quotations on the board lately!

12-21-2014, 08:23 PM
Revised the original in a new post with a new and complete tutorial including lotsa purty pictures!

03-06-2017, 10:01 PM
Just to bring this to the top as a reminder, we continue to see botched quotes.
How to use quotes in replying to a message, a full and complete tutorial (with lotsa purty pictures!):

In the lower right corner of the window containing the message you wish to quote,
Right click on the link as reads Reply With Quote (click picture for larger):

The Right click will open a pop-up window like so (click picture for larger):

In the pop-up window, click on Open Link in New Tab1.

Move to the new tab to enter the text of your reply.
(Your cursor will initially be positioned beyond the quoted text.)
Enter your reply.

[ This is the one really, seriously critical step! ]
If you feel the need to edit the quoted text, perhaps to distill it to just the essential context that your reply will refer to, that's fine, you may freely edit the to-be-quoted text, but be extremely careful to not delete, modify or muck with the formatting tags surrounding the not-yet-posted quotation (including both pairs of square brackets and everything therein).

To be clear, I'm referring to these (click picture for larger):

Those formatting tags are instructions/commands for the formatting engine that identify the bits of text to be converted into a formatted quotation. If they're omitted, truncated, mangled or malformed in any way, they won't be recognized, and you won't get a properly formatted quote!

When you're done, click on the Preview Post button (click picture for larger):
in the lower corner of the window.

(If you don't see a Preview Post button, but Go Advanced instead (click picture for larger):

click that Go Advanced button first; then you should see the Preview Post button.

Review your message in the preview. If you see something that needs to be corrected before posting, just scroll down to the message entry window and make the necessary revisions.

If you have used the Reply With Quote feature, be sure that the preview shows the quoted text in this format (click picture for larger):

without showing any residual/malformed bits of the formatting tags that appeared in the message entry window!

If you have managed to hose up the quote, you've probably lost the original text. Not to worry, there is a recovery technique. (1You were composing and editing your reply in a separate tab as shown in steps 2, 3 & 4 above weren't you?)

Do not close the tab containing your pending reply, but go back to the tab containing the original message that you're replying to.

Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 above, then move to the new tab containing a fresh copy of that message, luvly formatting tabs and all.

Copy the entire message (including those luvly formatting tabs) from that window
(select the whole thing with your cursor, then right-click and copy).

Go back to the previous tab containing your pending reply, and paste that recovered quotation above your reply text.

Go back to and continue from step 5 above.

When a Preview Post finally looks correct,
click the Submit Reply button (the left side of the picture shown in step 6 above
(stupid forum won't let me post a 'nother picture!):

You're done! (Finally!)
Now you can close all the "working tabs" that you have been using in this exercise.

Go Fast or Go Home
03-08-2017, 10:03 AM
Sure seems to be a lot of work.


03-08-2017, 10:39 AM
Sure seems to be a lot of work.


He sure made it look like a major fiasco, but in reality. If you use "reply with quote" (normal left click) then make sure you don't erase any of the FORMATTING TAGS.
Make sure your cursor is below the quoted text. Type your reply and click post. It will come out just like this post.
Not sure why Frank included steps 2,3,and 4.
The following steps 6-13 are unnecessary. And should only be used once you have kinda gotten the hang of posting with "reply with quote" then clicking on post.

Go Fast or Go Home
03-08-2017, 12:28 PM
I've never had a problem. I was just cracking wise.

It is good information with a couple of extra steps for good measure.