"There's nothing saying that you can't quote posts manually. I just don't think ehMac should make it easy."
Right! It's a fairly simple task to highlight, copy, paste and place quotation marks around the relevant text OR place the quoted text in bold tags. Too often the "Quote" feature is abused, forcing the reader to scroll through redundant text.
I say leave it the way it currently is. If you want to quote a couple of lines all you have to do is a simple copy and paste - it's just as easy as before, copy the lines you want to quote, hit reply, hit the quote button and paste the text between the UBB codes. That's just as easy as hitting the old quote reply and deleting the text you don't want.
I agree, as well, users shouldn't be quoting paragraphs of text.
It's not so much the quoting that I miss, It's the inability to reply to an individual poster in a thread that I find bothersome.
If I want to reply to a person in the thread, I'd have to reply to the thread as a whole rather than an individual.
But...I haven't been doing that when I've wanted to reply to an individual, Instead I find that I'm contributing less rather than contributing more.
I think that the author of the thread should be allowed to post quoted messages, Then the thread could be easier to manage for the reply side of things and the author wouldn't need to copy and paste from each individual reply.