Issues quoting others

Okay I’m not a techie, so I may not know the actual terms for what I am about to describe; so any pedants please suppress that urge to correct my choice of words while simultaneously failing to address the actual concern stated, thanks:

You know how you can highlight a portion of someone’s comment and the option to quote them in a response directly to them pops up?

Well, not that it’s a huge deal, but this isn’t happening consistently anymore for me, and I’m just wondering if it’s some kind of glitch…


I see that on my mobile all the time, but I don’t recall it ever happening on my desktop…

The only problem that I have is that every time that I quote @OtherMichael, it comes out as this:


Yep, that’s how I got this. Do you maybe have NoScript or another Javascript blocker of some kind installed in your web browser?

Ugh… I abhor Noscript.

On my work PC it’s AdBlocker Plus; at home it’s Ublock Origin.

1 Like

Well, perhaps one of those is doing something weird or intermittent; I dunno. You could test the theory by disabling them temporarily while on the BBS and seeing if quoting works right then. Or maybe codinghorror is secretly trolling you.

(Edit: What is wrong with me and why am I doing tech support for somebody else’s BBS software?)


I thought the “issues quoting others” might be this one:

When someone has quoted someone, and I try to quote the quote and their response together, it all gets attributed to the responder. Thusly:

Thing I’m reading on my screen:

So I select:

I click the grey “quote reply” box and it comes up like this:

Which seems so wrong, so I type in a clarification in brackets, like this:

Is it the BBS or is it me? I’ve seen this happen in other people’s posts too.

1 Like

FML, if that’s actually the case.


Usually if I’m trying to quote someone’s quote of someone else, I’ll just use the “Reply” button and then hit the speech balloon in the left corner to quote the entire thing, and then edit out any bits I’m not wanting to quote.

Alternatively, you can edit the incorrectly-quoted bits to add in the missing quote tags, but that’s usually more work.

On the original issue, I’ve seen it a bit inconsistent lately myself. Usually if I just re-highlight the text a few times, it eventually shows up again.


You can use the little “bubble” icon to quote the full post of somebody – this will keep the attributions straight. You can then delete any text that you don’t want.

Edit: didn’t notice that @Nonentity beat me by an hour – I guess that I better go coffee-up


Just an example of a full quote for @zfirphdn


Ha! My, doesn’t that work nicely :smile:
Thank you @crenquis and @Nonentity :grinning:
(Clearly I should take a look around the place a little more.)

And now I want to shout it from the rooftops, so everyone will know to use the quote-bubble icon like that—because the misattributions that result from the other way can be confusing or even misleading. There have been times in controversial-subject threads when I’ve seen someone quoted in a reply and thought There’s no way that person would have said that! and traced it back to find that they had actually been quoting someone else.

Thank you again :slight_smile:

Is joke, Comrade! Ha ha?


In Mother Russia, jokes make YOU.


If you wish to delve in the dark arts, here are two threads:

1 Like

Wut? :confused:

You replied to @Humbabella but it shows up as a reply to me.


There were definitely a number of glitches with quote selection on mobile that we fixed recently.

1 Like

This topic was automatically closed after 154 days. New replies are no longer allowed.