QUOTE(Maybe Maybe Not @ Jan 25 2009, 12:48 PM)
On other boards, I've found the occasional poster who simply doesn't realize there is a way to add a post to a thread without quoting anything at all from the previous post. Their habit is to hit "Reply" at the bottom of the most recent post rather than the "Add Reply" button below.
I don't know what the forum software allows, but what about sizing, coloring, and/or positioning the buttons differently so as to draw more attention to the "Add Reply" button, and draw attention away from the "Reply [to post]" button?
I'm not sure if it would make much difference. There's a thread similar to this one almost annually (and the one I cited earlier
specifically tried to draw attention to the two different buttons) and they never seem to make much impact. I've even PMed a few guilty parties with links to such threads - to little avail. Some people just don't get it (and probably never will) or they just don't care. Even eliminating
the "Reply" button would no doubt lead to their hitting "Quote" and "Add Reply" without editing the quote, which would still make no difference.
The only thing that might
make a small impact is if the failure to edit posts when replying were some sort of rule violation which could lead to disciplinary action - and that might be a bit draconian (not that I wouldn't whole-heartedly support it