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The Quote button is a feature on the Scratch Forums which allows Scratchers to quote other users posts. This feature makes it easier to show who a user is talking to.

The quote button

How to Quote

The quote feature can be used by clicking the quote button, and writing one's own text underneath the BBCode which is automatically placed in the post editor. Then, clicking submit will result in the quoted post being placed in a box, and the added text placed underneath.

Tree Quotes

Tree quotes are the result of repeated quoting. Each time a post is quoted, the resulting post gets longer. Eventually, they get so long that they distract from the conversation, and waste too much space. Some tree quotes have been very large, containing a large amount of quotes.

A post which has been quoted many times, and wastes a lot of space

Snipping Forum Posts

Snipping forum posts is the process of shortening tree quotes. It is a very useful skill for those who use the Scratch Forums. Below is a step by step procedure for snipping.

  1. Select the quote button on the post you wish to quote.
  2. You will now see a bunch of code at the top of the editing area. It will look something like this: [quote=username1][quote=username2]
  3. Now, skipping the first [quote=username], delete them.
  4. Next, find the text which the last person wrote. You can do this by scrolling down the editing area all the way to the bottom. You will see a code which looks like this: [/quote].
  5. A little farther up the page, you will see another of the above codes. Starting here, highlight up the page, until you get to the [quote=username] which you left in place earlier. Do not highlight that code!
  6. Press delete.
  7. Move your cursor below all text, and type *snip*.
  8. Press ↵ Enter
  9. Type your message.
  10. Click Submit.
  11. Congratulations!!! You have snipped a forum post!

If something did not quite go as planned, you can click the "Edit" button to return to the editing area.