Actual quote and source of (paraphrased): "World round, scientists say; others disagree"? [more inside]
posted by kimota
on Nov 7, 2012 -
I, too, am trying to find a comment I'm almost certain I read on the Blue. It was a refutation of the glib, "The internets is serious business!"-style dismissal of people who would deign to take anything said online to heart. The tone of the comment was something to the effect of, "Sure, it's no big deal, it has only connected much of the world's population in ways only dreamed of," or something. I'm not doing it justice, nor am I trying to.
The commenter might have been quoting someone else. Many thanks to anyone who can locate this!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on May 25, 2009 -
I'm trying to find a quote from someone's user page I think, about a house razed and a family slayed. [more inside]
posted by skwt
on Apr 11, 2009 -
There was once a post that referenced a person saying "I been done heard that ol' shit" but I can't find it anymore. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos
on Jan 6, 2009 -
Is there any way to identify threads that contain comments by me and another user? I'm picturing a world where I could click on someone else's profile, and there would be a link "conversations you've had with this user." I suspect I am missing something, but I can't find it.
posted by one_bean
on Jun 15, 2008 -
Call for discussion: Many posts to MeFi have had their link description copied from the linked to article or site. That's fine and I do it when I post, but often both new and older posters don't distinguish that the description is not their own words by using quotes, italics, or otherwise marking it as such. Would it be useful for a small blurb to be inserted on the New Post page to Metafilter advising of the usefulness distinguishing the poster's own words from those of the linked-to piece? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan
on Mar 28, 2008 -
What happened to put quotes in italics?
posted by nax
on Feb 23, 2008 -
What's the proper method for quoting a commenter in a thread? For years, I had taken to just posting the thought in italics and nothing else. More and more however, I notice people pulling out the quote with the post date/time and user name. Are both methods acceptable? Neither? Better to link to the comment in question and not quote it at all? Please hope me.
posted by psmealey
on Mar 21, 2007 -
Smart Quotes Ahoy!
Love 'em or hate 'em, they turn up awful weird in my RSS reader.
Not a major crisis, I was just surprised to see Word-style formatting passing through after the very recent thread on blocking entities.
posted by gimonca
on Oct 17, 2006 -
Thread 52028 (on Twin Peaks) is broken at the bottom--if I recall correctly, it's broken in the same way that the thread about the Ross sisters was broken a couple of days ago.
posted by Prospero
on Jun 2, 2006 -
Not that long ago (within the last month; two months at most) there was a link to a comment made by an advisor to the Bush administration that went somewhere along the lines of "we are the makers of history, and we will be judged by a future of our making." I can't find it. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by ori
on Nov 30, 2005 -
I inserted a single quote in a post on accident and the MeFi code that normally would be the rest of the page (i.e. all the buttons and such) showed up in my preview textbox.
posted by taumeson
on Jan 31, 2005 -
IE for Mac occasionally mangles posts with quotation marks, apostrophes, etc. For example: â€œYâ€™all must stay non-nuclear, but weâ€™ll have as many nukes as we want. Weâ€™ll make new nukes but keep the old. And if you donâ€™t like it, just take a good look at Iraq, because you could be next.â€?
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants
on Jan 6, 2005 -
When you quote a comment from another user, you don't change the words that the other user wrote (unless you use clear edit marks like brackets and elipses to show you made a change). You would think this is mind-numbingly clear, and yet...
posted by bingo
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Hey, doesn't the following quote from this article in today's NYT
(reg. req., etc.) come from MeFi? Or AskMe? Searching isn't doing it for me.
"I like a lot of the names I see on spam e-mails because they're completely abstract, with little conception of culture or traditional sounds," said a posting by someone using the name Oissubke, a self-described fiction writer. "They jump out. They're memorable. They may not work for Grisham or Shakespeare, but they're ideal for my own writing style."
posted by Prospero
on Feb 5, 2004 -
If you thought I was going to be a typical neophyte/scumbag and ask "What's with the boxes
?" then you're sadly mistaken, my friends. I know full-well it's old hat
, and that's why you won't hear a peep out of me.
posted by Ljubljana
on Sep 30, 2002 -
I suppose this is just a personal preference thing, but using italics to quote linked material in front page posts makes them hard to read (not to mention looong bold and linked text, too). I just want to encourage the use of quotation marks instead. They are faster to type and easier on my eyes.
posted by daveadams
on Apr 5, 2002 -
In my dotage, I sometimes find it difficult to identify italicized quotes in longish threads, specially when they're short and there are a lot of comments between the excerpted comment and the rejoinder. So I do a lot of scrolling up and down looking for the original comment. Would it be too much, just for time-saving purposes, to ask ourselves to add a quick attribution to our quotations, when they're difficult to locate?[ Here's an example from the Pazz and Jop thread, where eyeballkid's recent excerpt of a post by almostcool was not easy to find.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 13, 2002 -
Hey there - A post
I made about a WA state Bill has had its link text munged - was this deliberate, or a bug? The original text said 'WA Lawmakers try to remove "repugnant" Theory of Evolution from schools
'. It now just reads 'WA Lawmakers try to remove
'. Just a curious thing - maybe quote-related. Thanks.
posted by kokogiak
on Jan 25, 2002 -
had a white background when I previewed it (like this one
still does), but it disappeared when I posted it. Shouldn't "Preview" mean "show me what I'll get if hit Post now"?
The HTML filter appears to have elided the "style=" and quote marks from the tag.
posted by nicwolff
on Dec 20, 2001 -
a tiny problem with the rss feed
-- some xml parsers (particularly expat, the parser used inside mozilla and perl's XML::Parser, require that the '' appear at the very beginning of the file. it seems like an overly strict reading of the spec to me, but there you are. kudos for adding the feed, in any case!
posted by jimw
on Jun 17, 2001 -
There should be an easier way to quote someone else's post/comment. I've tried using
, but it doesn't always work as well as it should. (On another note, what should go in the URL in this case? I really don't have anything to link to).
posted by fil!
on Mar 15, 2000 -