I'm just about to test some browsers on OS X: in my last post, I could only find the first message when I went to reply, not the whole thread.
4:26 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
... using "reply to topic", not "quick reply", only first message shows
5:35 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
It is meant to do that. It means that it helps the discussion stay on topic.
10:26 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
"Scroll down to review the previous messages" as it stands is misleading. Minor detail, but the board is, rightly, really punctilious about posting rules: so the instructions should also be crystal clear--something like this, above the quick reply box:
"Use 'quick reply' if you need to refer to the previous post. If you 'reply to this topic' you will just see the first post. This helps to keep threads on-topic".
The disadvantage is, you can't cut'n'paste from the previous answer when in reply mode.
11:40 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have to agree. I don't see an advantage to this particular UI. Seems more like a design flaw to me than a "feature".
4:14 pm on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
>"Scroll down to review the previous messages" as it stands is misleading.
Thanks - updated.
> It means that it helps the discussion stay on topic.
Exactly. Quick reply sorta negates that a bit, but it still slows down "cut-n-paste mania" that goes on with some boards. Nothing more useless than a thread that starts off good and then gets quoted to death.
I once wrote a long step-by-step post on how to ruin a competitors forum. It started with "use cut-n-paste liberally in threads". I realized I could never post such and article and deleted it.
8:43 am on May 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
I am very new here and am in the process of asking for help with some coding. If i use quick reply (so i can go through, stage by stage, what is being asked of me and replying to that, then i cannot use the (/code) (/quote) tags. I have to open in a new tab. From my point of view i prefer to see the last post as a reference to reply to.
4:37 pm on May 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
then i cannot use the (/code) (/quote) tags
You can still use them, you just have to type them in manually.