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More control over post-merging

Discussion in 'Forum Feedback (The Cantina)' started by Momaw Nadon, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Momaw Nadon

    Momaw Nadon Rebelscum

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    The double-posting block was well-intentioned and I understand the point of it, but frankly, it's made a mess of things for people who respond to multiple conversations within a brief period of time. I always end up with two posts merged that are completely unrelated, and more importantly I see merged posts that I would be inclined to give an award to, except that I only agree with one portion of them. Any way we can have the option to turn it on and off? I'm sure we can be trusted to determine which things are related and which are not.
     
  2. Trevor

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    No. In order to make your "multiple responses" make any sense is to "Quote" the message you're responding to, that way if you then respond to a seperate statement, the quote box will separate your responses and be more legible.
     
  3. Momaw Nadon

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    That didn't actually address any of the things I brought up, but if this is not a revisitable point than I guess I will stop discussing things in the Forum Feedback section.
     
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    if your talking about why yours or other peoples post have been merged there is most likely a reason. Staff and the 1030th communicate a merge before it happens. If you feel yours have been merged when they shouldn't have address it in the forum feedback or contact a staff member. Recently, regarding merging posts Staff and Mods have been involved. Hope this helps....Biff
     
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    I'm not sure I understand. Whether or not your posts are merged into a single post, each of your unrelated-to-each-other posts will be out of context no matter what format they're in without a quote.
     
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    I'm not sure where quotes came into this one way or another. I'm not objecting to quotes. I always respond with quotes. My point is that merging responses to two unrelated topics (whether separated by quotes or not) is fundamentally incompatible with a message board system that actively encourages people to "rate" comments. If I say one thing that you don't agree with in response to one subject and it gets merged with a comment that you do agree with in response to a different subject, you are left with the task to decide which one you wish to rate and no way of making it clear what comment you are or are not responding to.

    Similarly, If a person does most of his posting/responding at a specific time of day (say, during a lunch break) it can have the effect of merging three or more posts that are completely unrelated to one another, making it that much more likely that a reader is just going to skip over them since it addresses multiple things that often arise as a specific subject gets more discussion and more elements and information are added. And that continues to fork and fork until it is hard to follow a conversation you're interested in one way or another without having to wade through stuff you aren't interested in.

    I am not suggesting that the automatic merging of replies be done away with entirely, just that a poster might have the option to veto the merging of replies it if he doesn't feel the responses are related in subject matter.

    But that said, I found the somewhat curt tone of the response very different from what I've come to expect in a customer service or "suggestion box" related circumstance, so I'm not sure there is any value to continuing on the matter. If suggestions, feedback, and comments are going to be responded to with nothing more nuanced then "No," with no actual explanation of the whys and wherefores then the whole exercise in providing feedback is kind of a waste of everyone's time.
     
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    Wait, are you talking about thread merging and the after effects of it?
     
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    No, I am not speaking of when someone posts a new thread on something already posted and the mods merge them because there is duplication.

    I am speaking of when someone like you asks a question in a thread, I reply, and it ends up automatically attached to my reply to someone else above. It creates confusion when you are addressing more than one person about more than one thing.
    Ie., "No more double posting. We've installed an add-on for automatic merge. Hooray!"
     
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    I see. Posts are placed in chronological order, that's why there is the quote option in order for those that post at the same time as you can see the quote that you've attached and are replying to.
    --- Double Post Merged, Nov 12, 2015, Original Post Date: Nov 12, 2015 ---
    As you scan down through a thread and want to reply to multiple posts, you'll need to "quote" each post as you go, then when you get to the bottom reply box, you'll have to press the "insert quotes" button and it will insert the 6 posts into a singular response block and you can comment on each statement.

    The automatic post merging is a space saving measure for these exact reasons and thus why the multiple quote insertion was made.
     
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