For users that insist on posting multiple sequential replies, especially short ones, it would be nice to have a “merge posts” option appear when you use the admin wrench to begin selecting posts in a topic, and then select a few posts by the same user in sequence:
This does make it somewhat ambiguous what happens when 3 different replies “directed” at 3 different users are combined. Not sure exactly how to handle that, but for now I would just remove any explicit replies as part of the combining and come up with some kind of improvement later.
Would that be something we should encourage Admins/Mods to do? In a first version I’d simply block when you want to combine explicit replies. In a second step I’d then vote for prompting the admin what should happen: Select one it should reply to or drop reply in total.
Automatic Quotes are another option but I feel this will go wrong too often…
I know I am reviving an almost 2 year old topic, but…
Is this in the pipeline for Core at this point? The current way we accomplish this (more with new users who want to post more than one link/image for a support request) is to copy and paste between posts and then delete them. Would be very nice to have an automated option!
I think that’ll just have to be left up to the moderator to not mess up. The primary use of this feature is for those cases when someone has posted two replies in quick succession that could just as well be the same post.
sequential replies threshold (default 2)
Number of posts a user has to make in a row in a topic before being reminded about too many sequential replies.
My guess is most just close the reminder without giving it much thought let alone reading it.
I think for some it’s because they don’t know how to edit a post.
And I guess it would depend on how soon the edit time window is, so maybe for some it’s simply they come back too late and feel compelled to add more to the topic.
At SitePoint the edit pencil icon isn’t hidden behind the ellipsis so I don’t know what more could be done short of personalized education when it’s certain that’s what the issue is.
We’ve had one or two members that do it routinely despite having been explicitly asked to not do it. Rather than quote and respond to the previous n replies in one post, they do so in n number of individual new posts instead.
Annoying, but not really crossing the line into needing disciplinary action IMHO.
Yes, it could be. Unless there was a warning similar to the “almost out of Likes for the day” it would catch some by surprise if it just caught them unawares.