Quoting a post in a forum—to quote or not to quote? Quoting guidelines for novice and seasoned users alike
— Don't quote a post if you are the next person replying on the topic to the post immediately preceding. I.e. don't quote the post directly over yours. It is completely pointless and causes unnecessary clutter and reduces readability/information assimilation speed.
— Don't quote an entire post. When quoting a post from another member, don't quote the entire post, especially a long one, unless it is absolutely necessary to make your point. Please edit out whatever is not needed.
— Quote only if you reply to a specific point mentioned in a post which is not the last post in a topic. And in that case, limit your quote to the exact point you are commenting on.
— On the whole, quoting is overused in fora, so limiting your quoting will most likely get you further away from inappropriate usage.