I love the quoting feature in Discourse. Today, I was writing a post and wanted to link to Wikipedia and quote a specific text within the page. Normally, I’d do that through screenshotting and then having to add the link to it separately. However, I got the idea today that I would love to have something like the Discourse quoting feature but able to quote from any site on the web.
So in this Wikipedia scenario, I would go to the Wikipedia page, highlight the text I want to quote (or maybe even drag a box to create a screenshot) and then it could automatically add the quote (or screenshot) to the Discourse composer and cite the source with a link. Then when visiting the link from the quote, it could ideally even show the text highlighted, as Github does when visiting certain links that had highlighted code.
I imagine maybe this might be hard to create within Discourse or even as a browser extension, yet I think it could really add interactivity to the web and drive so much more discussion in Discourse. I can imagine myself quoting blog posts, writing rebuttals, including dictionary definitions, and more.
Anyways, just wanted to put that out there for people to ponder in case anyone is interested in making it happen. And I’m excited to further develop this idea with others below.
I think the bookmarklet could get more advanced, by using the create a new topic URL option, or allowing a person to choose which site they want to add it to, however, I think such a simple bookmarklet could go a long way.
Regardless, I will still probably just quote text like this from now on, even though it currently requires a little more back and forth.
I’ve improved on it… but as a relaxing hack in a browser where I didn’t save any of it…
@jimkleiber let me know if you come up with anything, I’d try it out!
Bringing up “quote anywhere” and Wikipedia in the same topic made me think of my favorite thing on Wikipedia that I wished were implemented at the browser level… but likely greatly modified to allow for privacy issues.
For instance, the user pogotc has highlighted the text “anyone can edit” on the main English Wikipedia page. Below is a link citing that annotation (highlighting) and when any of us follow this link, we can see the main English Wikipedia page with that annotated text highlighted:
When I copy and paste text from the internet to Microsoft OneNote on Windows 10 the default paste shows the text followed by the source URL. Maybe that means it’s in the clipboard already… it doesn’t work on the iPhone but if you just want something for your PC it might be helpful to know.