posted on Apr, 6 2007 @ 10:41 PM
We're seeing an increase in the number of members who are quoting entire large posts, and nested quotes of quoted quotes. Unfortunately, I've handed
out a few quote warnings over the past few days.
I'd like to remind everyone of this thread:
Many people fall into bad habits from other discussion boards where massive quoting and one-liners can be quite common. We have higher standards on
ATS, where minimal contributions are not encouraged, and repeat content needs to be managed.
Our desire to manage oversized quotes is not due to arbitrary aesthetics.
Large quotes, on a board our size, presents several issues...
1) Thread performance -- we're getting close to 200,000 page views a day, active threads with large amounts of unnecessarily repeated content
(quotes) add to the overall file size of pages.
2) Server performance -- unnecessarily large quotes add to the size of the database and increase the amount of time it takes to query the data and
format a thread for display.
3) Usability -- large amounts of repeat content can make it more difficult to read a thread due to increased scrolling and discontinuity of
4) Duplicate content -- too much duplicate content (quotes) can result in a search engine penalty, and has become a hot topic in search engine
optimization circles as it relates to discussion boards.
Please do all users and readers of AboveTopSecret.com a favor and reduce the material you quote to the bard minimum needed as a reference for your