Here is how you can use the quote feature on OL.
I. How to insert a quote using the automatic QUOTE Button
1. Start by deciding on the post on OL you want to quote. Click the automatic QUOTE button at the bottom of the post.
2. The QUOTE button turns reddish. Now click on ADD REPLY to open your own new post, the one you want to write.
3. The text box for a new post will open, but it will not be empty. It will contain the text and code of the post you want to quote.
4. Type your message. Insert your own text where you wish. You can put it above the quoted post or below it. In the example below, it is inserted below it.
Be careful that you do not delete any part of the code when inserting text. Code will always be in between brackets (“[ ]”) as follows:
Start code for quote:
Notice that “quote” and some information is given between the brackets.
Stop code for quote:
Notice that “/quote” by itself (with no extra information) is given between the brackets.
Be careful. Even if you only delete one bracket, the code will not work. Also, every start code must end with a stop code, i.e., if one is left dangling, the quote feature will not work. Also, please note that there are no quotation marks in the code.
You need to be careful not to make a mistake when you add your new text. Type in your text before or after the code for a quoted post—never in between the start code and stop code. If you type in your own text between (the start code) and (the stop code), your text will appear in the quoted post part and it will give the impression that it was written by the person you are quoting.
5. Click the “Add Reply” button at bottom (not shown). If you like, you can preview the post first with the “Preview Post” button at bottom (not shown). After adding the reply, the message will appear as given below. If anyone who reads your post wants to go to the quoted post, he can click on the reddish box with arrow at the head of the quote. It will automatically take him there.
Note: Although it is not shown, you can delete any part of the text of the quoted post, but you cannot delete the code. Be very careful with not deleting code. Otherwise the quote feature will not work.
Deleting text is useful if you want to comment on something someone said, but not his entire post. This way you do not make your own post too long or clutter it up with material that is beside the point you are discussing.