Parsing partial quotes from nested quotes?

(Ryan Erwin) #1

Had the following situation pop up today:

User A:

And yes… It’s been dark times lately… Cursing is just what helps release the stress

User B:

Post from User A:
And yes… It’s been dark times lately… Cursing is just what helps release the stress

Also, he doesn’t discriminate to one form of communication… Just check his Tweets… He can also write it as he speaks it…

User C (Quotes User A, but via User B’s post):

Post from User B
And yes… It’s been dark times lately… Cursing is just what helps release the stress

So much hatred. Have you thought about going and talking to someone?

User B:

Hey User C! Somehow it looks like I wrote that!

User C:

Post from User B:
Hey User C! Somehow it looks like I wrote that!

I am so lost User B, who did what?

User C wasn’t malicious… They are just a less sophisticated user.

Suggestion here that when a quote only refers to a nested quote, the quoting used should refer to the original quote rather than the nested quote.

(Régis Hanol) #2

This is going to be hard to do, considering we can do this :arrow_down:

Why not teach your users to quote the original post instead of a quote insite another post? They can also quote from multiple posts if they want.

(Ryan Erwin) #3

Interesting… I had always assumed the quote was actually validated… Didn’t realize that I could just have a pretend quote free for all…

Makes for a good litmus test… If someone purposely abuses quotes in that way, you know who to ban :wink:

Since the quotes aren’t validated, I see your point…

Thanks for considering :handshake:

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(David Taylor) #4

We do validate the quotes (kinda), and attach a .quote-modified class to any which have been amended. Let’s see if it figures out the nested quotes:

Hmmm, no it doesn’t. I guess ‘technically’ that content is still part of @ryanerwin’s post. Quite tricky to resolve though. As @zogstrip already said the best way is to try and get your users to quote the original post.

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(Ryan Erwin) #5

They do quote correctly most of the time. For casual users, nested quotes can be pretty complicated… The “Quote whole post” button is very rarely used for us.

It’s just the real example that came up today, where an innocent but not extremely sophisticated user was just trying to make a quote, and the quote appeared as though it was from a different user…

That’s why I posted it here.

Mods can of course manually edit the post to fix it. And this can’t come up too terribly often. Just a thought to avoid an awkward situation that comes up occasionally :wink:

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Here’s the actual post (names removed).
You can see how that being attributed to the opposite party in a debate comes across as pretty strange.

NOTE: feel free to delete the image in this post if it’s over the line for meta TOS… Just thought it best to provide a real example.

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