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Wil Martindale
post Feb 2 2009, 03:00 PM
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When replying to a topic, most users intuitively use the bold "REPLY" button just below the topic. However, the "REPLY" button "quotes" the original topic in your reply.

This can be useful if you wish to highlight all or part of the topic with your own replies within. It can also be useful if you are concerned that the topic author might later edit the original post, making your reply seem less pertinant or even irrelevant.
However, quoting long topics in your reply can be tedious and even unintentional.

To REPLY without quoting the topic, either of the two options FAST REPLY or POST REPLY will work just fine. These are located just below the QUOTE AND "REPLY" buttons both above and below the topic post (see illustration).
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Be careful not to hit the QUOTE button (turning topic quoting on) or the topic will be quoted in either form of reply.

It's easy to recognize if you've accidentally (or intentionally) quoted the topic because you will see the original topic text in your reply box. But if you use the FAST REPLY or POST REPLY buttons you will be typing your reply into an empty box.
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