QUOTE(Thought Criminal @ Jul 23 2008, 12:57 PM)
Ah, that explains what the Quote button does: I was wondering.
I do have another question:
Is there any way for me to reply to one post in a forum and then immediately reply to another, without the two replies being glued together into a single one?
You mean post two posts in a row to the same topic? The auto-merge is active for 24 hours after a post is made. Unless someone else posts to the topic, consecutive posts will be merged for that timeframe.
We actually have that for a reason, though. Before auto-merge, we had a "no consecutive posts" rule because we found that members would post four, five, six posts in a row to the same topic. It became unwieldy, so we disallowed consecutive posts, suggesting editing the original post instead.
I think the auto-merge is a pretty good middle ground. Members can post as often as they want to any topic without having to worry about breaking some rule about how many times you can post in a row, and the staff doesn't have to spend time sending PMs to people to ask them to not double-post.
The multi-quote feature makes it easy to respond to multiple posts, and that helps too. Feel free to give it a try in the test forum. Hit the quote button on different posts in different topics, and then start a new topic or reply to an old topic. It works really well.