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Comment author: JoshuaZ 10 August 2010 01:25:13PM 5 points [-]

Generally, when some minor formatting issue annoys a long-standing member of an internet community it is a good idea to listen to what they have to say. Many internet fora have standard rules about formatting and style that aren't explicitly expressed. These rules are convenient because they make reading easier for everyone. There's also a status/signaling aspect in that not using standard formatting signals someone is an outsider. Refusing to adopt standard format and styling signals an implicit lack of identification with a community. Even if one doesn't identify with a group, the effort it takes to conform to formatting norms is generally small enough that the overall gain is positive.

Comment author: Dpar 11 August 2010 11:55:52AM 2 points [-]

You're absolutely right. I have no problem using indentation for quotes, as a matter of fact I was wondering how to do that, it's his condescending tone that I took issue with. In retrospect though, I should have just ignored it, but let my temper get the best of me. I'll try to keep counter-productive comments to a minimum in the future.

Comment author: RobinZ 11 August 2010 10:08:59PM 0 points [-]

Indentation happens by putting a greater-than sign at the beginning of the line. Thus:

> The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

becomes

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.