1. Lets say there are 4 post that I should respond to. I see no button on each to Reply. So I clicked Quote to add a reply to a specific post.Got a better way?
Actually, there are two parts to the answer.
1) The forum "Add Reply
" buttons are labeled a little funny, in my opinion, and might be causing some confusion.
In the thread, at the bottom right of each post there is a "Quote" button that opens a "create post block" window titled "Replying to NameOfThread
" and copies that post in its entirety into the "create post block" surrounded by "quote" tags. At this point you are supposed to add whatever comments you might want to add, either before or after the quoted text, and edit the quoted text itself if necessary. (You can also copy all of the text in the "create post block" into another external text editor of your choice at this point, such as Notepad, to do the editing and post creation if that would be more comfortable or familiar for you, and copy it back when you are through.) As an example, I've edited the quote from your post above. I removed everything except the specific line I wished to respond to and highlighted a particular phrase. See? At the bottom of the "create post block" window are three buttons - "Add Reply
" "Preview Post", and "Cancel". Scroll down if necessary to see them. "Cancel" throws away everything you might have done since opening the "create post block" window and takes you back to the thread where you were last. "Preview Post" shows you, above the "create post block" window, how the post would look if you posted it right then. The "create post block" window remains open for you to continue making changes if you are not satisfied how the post would look. "Add Reply
", should, in my opinion, be labeled "Post Reply", because that's what it does. It actually causes the post to be "posted" to the thread for everyone else to see. It would also then be consistent with the "Preview Post" button.
At the top and bottom of each page of the thread there is also an "Add Reply
" button. This button does NOT
do the same thing that the other "Add Reply
" button does. It doesn't "Add" anything. It merely opens an empty "create post block" window with nothing copied into it. In my opinion, the "Add Reply
" button at the top and bottom of each thread page would be more accurately labeled "Open Create Post Block Window", but I fully realize that is not a practical button name.
So perhaps you clicked "Quote", then immediately clicked "Add Reply
" thinking that that was what you were supposed to do to add your comments to what was quoted?
2) If there are multiple posts that you want to respond to at once, with quoted text from each, the way you do that is as follows: For each post you wish to quote and respond to, click the "MultiQuote" button located in each post right next to the "Quote" button. Unlike the action of the "Quote" button, a "create post block" window will NOT
open. The only thing that will happen is that the "MultiQuote" button will remain highlighted indicating that it has been selected for quoting. You can even select posts from different pages in the thread. If you change your mind about any post you have selected, you can click the "MultiQuote" button again and it will un-highlight indicating that it is no longer selected. Once you have selected all the posts you wish to respond to, click the "Add Reply" button at the top or bottom of the thread page and a "create post block" window will open. All the posts you selected will be individually quoted inside the "create post block" in the order that they appear in the thread. From there you add your comments and edit the quoted text as described above.
I hope that my explanation makes sense and that it will make posting your comments easier for you.
Cheers and Regards
Edited by bphlpt, 21 December 2012 - 12:57 PM.