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    It happened again.

    I reply to a posting with a quote, and the quote in my posting contains more sentences than what originally appeared in the post I am quoting. Its as if the person I am quoting had put his last sentence in invisible ink.

    I know it sounds weird, but that is just what happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    It happened again.

    I reply to a posting with a quote, and the quote in my posting contains more sentences than what originally appeared in the post I am quoting. Its as if the person I am quoting had put his last sentence in invisible ink.

    I know it sounds weird, but that is just what happened.

    PPPPPSSSSSSSTTTTTT. HELP! I'm stuck inside this computer. I've been trying to get out but no one can hear me. Please call the police and give them the IP address of this computer.
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    I have to figure this out. Something weird is going on. I feel like an idiot too because when I go back now to find the example and my quote and the original match. My first thought is that its a timing thing, where the original poster is in the middle of editing a post, adding a thought, and I am simultaneously quoting his original post, and somehow his update makes it to my quote before it makes it to the original post. Ridiculous. But it certainly happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post


    I have to figure this out. Something weird is going on. I feel like an idiot too because when I go back now to find the example and my quote and the original match. My first thought is that its a timing thing, where the original poster is in the middle of editing a post, adding a thought, and I am simultaneously quoting his original post, and somehow his update makes it to my quote before it makes it to the original post. Ridiculous. But it certainly happened.
    To my knowledge unless something has changed drastically when you quote a message an update doesn't change what you quoted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    To my knowledge unless something has changed drastically when you quote a message an update doesn't change what you quoted.
    That makes perfect sense to me. So how can text appear in my quote that wasn't in the original posting?
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    I’d be really surprised if the cafe did anything other than pull the text from the original post, wraps it QUOTE tags, and throws it in text box. IOW, once you hit “reply”, what you’re quoting is fixed and no amount of editing of the original post will change your post even in the middle of editing. Your theory is possible, but unlikely given the complexity of writing such functionality. Not only is the software more complex, it would be an undesirable. I write a post that says “JeffD shreds a fretboard, man!” and you reply (while quoting my message) “I wholeheartedly agree!”. Now I go back and change it to “JeffD is a poopy head.”, changing what you quote along with it.

    So how does one explain it? I dunno, got some examples of original post and your reply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    That makes perfect sense to me. So how can text appear in my quote that wasn't in the original posting?
    Next time it happens, just hit submit and leave the text you think is appearing out of thin air in place and then this will be worth discussing, because right now there's nothing to go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Next time it happens, just hit submit and leave the text you think is appearing out of thin air in place and then this will be worth discussing, because right now there's nothing to go on.
    I agree. Will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    It happened again.

    I reply to a posting with a quote, and the quote in my posting contains more sentences than what originally appeared in the post I am quoting. Its as if the person I am quoting had put his last sentence in invisible ink.

    I know it sounds weird, but that is just what happened.

    PPPPPSSSSSSSTTTTTT. HELP! I'm stuck inside this computer. I've been trying to get out but no one can hear me. Please call the police and give them the IP address of this computer.
    That reminded me of this poor guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    This is a classic phenomenon from the beginning of computers, and I think it's here to stay.

    The modern variant is to quote whole posts that will only...
    ...appear in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    This is a classic phenomenon from the beginning of computers, and I think it's here to stay.

    The modern variant is to quote whole posts that will only...
    the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world

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    This is a classic phenomenon from the beginning of computers, and I think it's here to stay.

    the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world

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