a reply to: testingtesting
I have no problem with the idea of quoting an entire post, as long as it breaks down into segments.
For example, if someone writes a long post, its often necessary to break it down into chunks, and answer the post segment by segment. This aids in
two key aspects. First, the points to which one is responding, are laid out within ones eyeline, so that one does not have to waste time going back
and forth, up and down the page. This means that the issue of the thought, is closer to the time at which the fingers relay it onto the keyboard,
which I find aids cohesion in an argument, or in outlining a particular detail. The other aspect is as follows:
With the greatest possible respect to the membership as a whole, folk have a tendency to skim read. I can understand the temptation to permit oneself
to do that, but its not necessarily a good idea to do it, especially when the discussion is not merely conversational, but has persuasive elements, or
more accurately resembles an actual debate. In these situations, it is necessary to be as clear as possible, not just in terms of ones own delivery of
an argument or debating point, but also to be as clear as possible about the nature and content of your correspondents posts. It is also vital in my
experience, that people be offered the opportunity to read ones arguments side by side, point against point, so that they can see the flow of the
conversation, and indeed the thinking that went into both sides of it.
Quoting a post entire, in one block, makes no damned sense at all, not only because, as you rightly say, it wastes space on the page, but also
because all one would have to do in order to have the same effect, is hit "Reply", which adds reply tags to your comment, meaning that one could
simply click upon the name of the person to whom your response was written, and be taken directly to their post on the topic, allowing a reader to
read that post for themselves, assuming they had been unfortunate enough to miss it or overlook parts of it, first time.