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On a few other forums there is a feature that, much like the images tag and the quote tag, allows for inserting a frame. In this case the frame contains bodies of text that are unseen until somebody wanting to read the text clicks the spoiler frame to expand it for themselves.

 

I've noticed that some people are posting long quotes from favored articles and long runs of nested comments and replies. For the sake of those posts the writers can use the spoilers, and should they fail to do so a mod could drop them into place.

 

It also allows that we can drop content behind spoilers pending investigation on whether it's spam, or against board rules, or costitutes abusive conduct and warrents a full edit. The content would still be available to view, but doe not have to interfere with the thread itself.

 

if nothing else it could make scrolling through news posts easier by compressing nested back and fourths or long article quotes.


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The feature actually exists, there's just no button for it

See:

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Use the [ spoiler ] [ / spoiler ] tag (without spaces) to use it.


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cool, suppose it will come in handy for some of the uses I mentioned. Might be a bit tricky inserting via edit in modding and we should encourage use in general users.


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Indeed definitely useful for the news threads. You can access the spoiler tag, after highlighting the text, from the Special BBCode (third icon from the left on the first row) but it would be nice to access it easier. Like bz said there's no visible button for it.


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For most uses it is kind of redundant. The people that create massive quote trains aren't going to start inserting spoiler tags into their posts - if they thought about their formatting, they wouldn't include the quote trains in their post to begin with. Long quotes in OPs do not warrant spoiler tags, as long as the information is unique it should be there. Likewise you can (and should) link to the article in question rather than quoting the entire passage in the OP.



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I'm thinking more along the lines where a person respond to a multi part response with highlighted portion portion of the original post and the quote from the response nested under it, and then somebody quotes all of that to make a point about the process of conclusions not nessecarily following, and thus needing to show the process before posting their own response. It'd make it much easier to say check under the spoiler for what I mean. and it also makes it a crap ton easier to scroll through a thread without hitting three posts that are each three posts long. as a mod we could just window shade that stuff up for easier thread browsing for people not engaged in the localised debate about a point in the topic rather than the whole topic, while not forcing an end to a discussion that is otherwise valid.

 

Links are done, and often a quote to sumarize the topic, but sometimes the urge is there to clip sections from the article that otherwise would be long winded and tedious to weed through for those points. There's also a slightly annoying trend of a fair number of people on these boards who can't be bothered to follow links and read and thus posting a link to the same article a post or two later.

 

Being able to post just a link, a headline with one sentence summary and follow that with a spoiler with a paragraph or two out of a three page article would greatly streamline things. either as a poster, or as a mod doing some tidying up.


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For most uses it is kind of redundant. The people that create massive quote trains aren't going to start inserting spoiler tags into their posts - if they thought about their formatting, they wouldn't include the quote trains in their post to begin with.

 

My thoughts exactly. Massive quote-walls are common thing and they'd have to be automatically generated with spoiler tags to deal with this issue. Other would be to finally introduce pretty typical netiquette rules they you simply don't overuse quotes. Don't quote more than you write yourself, don't quote post directly above yours and try to quote just the fragment you're referring to. It's really simple and if people can abide those rules all over the world I'm quite sure people on this forum should be able to do it too. Too bad it seems they cannot with little enforcement.


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