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Quote vs post reply

  1. Jan 17, 2004 #1

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    I've seen a mentor request that we not post the full quote to which we are replying to save space on the board. This just takes up valuable space, if I understood correctly. Being so completely ignorant of what generates administrative costs on these boards, I am curious to know:

    Are there costs incurred when a post is generated?

    How about when you edit a post?

    And in general:

    Just how the heck do people make money on the internet with 'hits' on their site? Who pays them? (or am I incorrect in thinking that 'hits' generate income?) I JUST DON'T KNOW A DANG THING ABOUT IT!! SOMEONE HE'P ME!!!
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2004 #2
    Every post takes up database space which is turn costs us money. However, I don't think you need to worry about wasting money when you use a full quotes. It is fractions of a penny. From an aesthetics point of view it's a lot nicer if crop a large quote down to a paragraph and put "...". The point of the quote bbcode is to show members what post or what part of a posr you are replying to. You don't need to quote the complete three page post for people to understand that. Anyway, it's not a big deal. Carry on :)
     
  4. Jan 19, 2004 #3

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    No big deal indeed, just aesthetics. Quoting a HUGE picture which is posted in the post dìrectly previous to it, really can be annoying and doesn't serve a purpose. There are a view more examples, which just add to the redundancy and are not necessary.

    Such things are very subjective, so judge yourself :)
     
  5. Jan 19, 2004 #4

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    That part I understood when you originally posted the suggestion, but then I got to wondering about the other things I mentioned above. So there is no charge per post or edit? And what about my last question? How is money generated by having a web site like this? I've always wondered about this and no one I know has an answer. I thought THIS was the 'answer place'! It IS, isn't it?:wink:
     
  6. Jan 19, 2004 #5

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    In fact, weren't we planning to install that new software that charges the poster 1.3 cts per line per quote? :wink:
     
  7. Jan 19, 2004 #6
    There is no charge for posting or edits. Money is generated from member donations and that annoying banner at the top :)
     
  8. Jan 19, 2004 #7

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  9. Jan 19, 2004 #8

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    Well, jeez Greg. Yer never gonna get rich THAT way!! But then, you ARE unique (no no no, NOT eunuch!! ) and so is PF. I still want to how people actually make an actual living off the net... (grumble). Like just e-bay kind of stuff? Finding a 'product' and selling it in bulk?... I guess I was just always under the impression that 'hits' generated income, although I could never quite picture how this could happen... (more grumble).
     
  10. Jan 19, 2004 #9

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    It's called 'click-through'. Advertises pay per 'click-through'. Used to be that you could actually see how much they paid (maybe still; I've gotten lazy).

    You wanna get people to see piccies of zooby, Ivan, OR, rain, PF hunks, ...? Put up a website, and pay heavily visited site owners to put a very nice ad (of your own design) on their site. You then pay the referring site owner $0.0x per 'click-through' (plus maybe some set-up fee).

    Now, aren't you kicking yourself that you didn't put in 100+ hour weeks to get a super-Google web search engine into commercial use, back in those long-forgotten dot.com days? :wink:
     
  11. Jan 19, 2004 #10

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    Uhhh...NO?!!!!
    But thanks for the info!! So it's just advertisers who pay? Like TV?
     
  12. Jan 19, 2004 #11

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    Yes, except only when there's a click-through (vaguely equivalent, I guess, to calling that 1800 number on your screen, now! for your important introductory offer!! and we'll throw in a free! - mark my words, free!! - mouse-smelling cat blanket! yes we truly will!!!).
     
  13. Jan 19, 2004 #12

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    WOWOWOWOWOW!!!! FREE???????? REALLY?? REALLY REALLY FREE??? FREE? FREE FOR MEE??? WOW! COOL. IF IT'S FREE I'M ALL OVER IT!! WHERE'E MY CREDIT CARD?? FREE? ARE YOU SURE? TOTALLY AND TRULY FREE????!!!! (Do you have a cat-smelling dog blanket?)
     
  14. Jan 20, 2004 #13

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    Exactly, there are many examples of long posts being quoted in full only to be followed by something brief like "I agree".

    Use the quote function when you want to respond to a particular statement. If you're just responding in general, then no quote is needed. The quote function will put the entire text in the reply box, but you can delete the parts you are not referring to.

    It makes the thread go smoother when you minimize the amount of unnecessary quoting.

    thanks
     
  15. Jan 27, 2004 #14

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    the most annoying thing is when someone will quote a HUGE post and then reply with ' ' or ' '...whats the point????
     
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