Hi Ernest, first I want to thank you and Uly for showing interest in my first post! I probably should have mentioned it before; I’ll try to be more cognizant of things like that in the future.
I would quote something from above, but I don’t have a specific point to make based on any exact words (not trying to prove a point). You can paraphrase too, which has the added benefit of reassuring the original poster you fully appreciate and understand their point.
Quoting is useful in referencing what was specifically said, but I don’t see it as a particularly polite way of addressing someone. Quite often quotes are used menacingly by taking them out of context or attempting to embarrass, which also runs the risk of doing so unintentionally. (And if the whole damn thread is quoted, all meaning is lost!
Sorry, just my pet peeve)
To me, quoting also implies a closed conversion. Not quoting opens things up, it says “I’m speaking to everyone including the poster, all are welcome to participate”. It just seems more open and friendly not quoting something directly above; but then again, I like to put cheese in my coffee too.
All in all, I’m just trying to be friendly and inclusive. Let’s lighten things up around here, have some fun and not be so formal and serious in situations where we don’t have to be.
BTW: I don’t want to bring up the great emoticon debate, but the “smile” looks more “apologetic” to me:
I’m always fearful of choosing an emoticon based on appearance not realizing the meaning of the symbol underneath too. I’ve got enough trouble expressing myself, don’t I?
Disclaimer: absolutely no changes of icons is being purposed here, nor were any injured in producing this reply. But poking fun at them is such good sport.