There has been more than a bit of discussion and arguing regarding MERB policy in regards to quoting posts. This argument has gotten to the point of being ridiculous and it is time to clear the air.
First of all, this is how the posting guideline reads: https://merb.cc/vbulletin/announcement.php?f=5
I see nothing in that guideline that needs to be changed. This is probably the same as on every other board on the Internet and may even come with the vBulletin software for all I know. It is certainly not unique to MERB.ix) When quoting a very long post in any thread, please do your best to edit it down to a manageable length. Many times, quotes take up more space than the actual reply. Not only does this create board clutter, but you will lose the interest of the reader before he even gets to your reply. When quoting a post directly above your reply, it is sufficient to include only the first line or two as to indicate exactly who you are replying to. This is useful in cases when another post is made while you are composing your own and places your own post out of sequence.
The problem is that for the longest time, many people have not been following it. We were seeing members quoting extremely long posts to address one point out of many that were made. Often a long post being quoted was directly or one or two posts previous to it. It reached a point where some threads were becoming cluttered to the point of being unreadable at times. As a result, we began editing posts to remove these long quotes, including a polite note as to the reason for the edit. As none of this seemed to work, it appeared to us that people either were not reading the quotes at all and so not noticing the comments regarding the edits, or simply ignoring us.
Seeing as how this had no effect and people continued to quote away, we edited more posts and left less polite notes. Still to no effect. Finally with our patience at an end, a clampdown on quotes was instituted to get members` attention. Well we certainly got your attention but instead of a discussion we ended up with a war and that was not the intention.
So now we find ourselves at the point we are at with tempers becoming short on all sides and comments by members being made in threads when there was already a thread to deal with this topic. It is time for this to stop.
Yes, the mods spend a lot of time on the board. None of us have been forced to become moderators, we do it by choice. We do not ask or expect the members to thank us or even to think about it at all. All we ask in return is a bit of cooperation in keeping MERB running smoothly and for members to actually pay attention when we post warnings and to follow the rules and guidelines. That is all, nothing more.
We are always willing to discuss things, we always have been and that has been proven on many occasions. But I will tell you something: insulting and challenging moderators will not help your case. Even our patience has limits. We respond well to intelligent and respectful discussion, not so well to insults and disrespect. Lately I believe that we have been more than tolerant considering some of the comments that have been posted but if the attitude of some members continues, that tolerance will come to a sudden and abrupt halt. We expect all members to be respectful to each other, we expect them to be respectful to the moderators as well.
The policy regarding quotes will remain as posted above as long as members respect that policy as written. Ignore it and I am certain we will be having this discussion again in the future.
I would also ask all members to refresh themselves on MERB rules and posting guidelines as many seem to need it and many have probably never bothered to read them at all. Here is the link again in case anyone missed it above.
Thank you for reading this if you managed to get to the end without falling asleep.