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Gord Lacey
27-01-2009, 10:50 AM
This is something that's bothered me for awhile...

Why do some posts start off with ^? I've never seen this in another forum, and I'm curious as to what it means.

Please, can someone shed some light on it?

Gord

IanO
27-01-2009, 10:54 AM
^
as in RE: the above post

or "^^"

as in the post 2 prior.

DebraW
27-01-2009, 11:01 AM
^ In editing terms this carat means insert. On forums it means to insert your comments.

Gord Lacey
27-01-2009, 12:06 PM
But if you're replying to the post above, wouldn't you just post a comment? If someone is following the discussion they should be able to see that your post is in reference to the one above it.

I just found it odd, and haven't seen this used anywhere else, yet it's extremely common on C2E.

Gord

moahunter
27-01-2009, 12:17 PM
It seems a bit meaningless - why wouldn't you be commenting on the previous post, unless you state or quote otherwise?

zooter
27-01-2009, 12:31 PM
this isn't just limited to C2E its very common on most forums and i admit that i use it quite often as well...its easier than quoting the entire message you're replying too...not all messages in the thread are following an order where the you are always replying to the post above...especially if its just a one or two word response like "makes sense" its not entirely obvious if you're agreeing with the original post or the one above you....

RTA
27-01-2009, 12:34 PM
^ bingo

LindseyT
27-01-2009, 12:42 PM
It seems a bit meaningless - why wouldn't you be commenting on the previous post, unless you state or quote otherwise?


quoting takes up space.

If I'm replying to the general idea of the topic I'll usually just type away.

If I'm replying to something specific or to somebody else I'll use the quote function.

If I'm commenting on the post directly before me I'll use ^ or /\

IanO
27-01-2009, 12:50 PM
^ bingo

please remit $5 to my paypal, i have it TM'd now.

RichardS
27-01-2009, 02:56 PM
^ bingo

:smt030:smt030:smt030:smt030:smt030:smt030:smt030

I LOVE THIS IANO DRINKING GAME....too bad I am at work.

moahunter
30-01-2009, 10:02 PM
If I'm commenting on the post directly before me I'll use ^ or /\
You are right - I have started using it now.

MylesC
31-01-2009, 07:10 PM
It essentially means you're referring to the post above you. It's a quicker and less visually messy way to quote something.

It's a pretty common phenomenon in the interwebs.

arifsaha
16-08-2009, 11:20 AM
^
as in RE: the above post
or "^^"
as in the post 2 prior.

So, if when you type your response, somebody else post a response, then the "^", "^^", or more may refer to entirely different post, and your response may become a not make any sense or a misunderstood one, is that right?

Similar issue if the post above your response was removed, I guess.

RTA
16-08-2009, 11:32 AM
^ It can and does happen, but you can always go back and edit your post to add the correct number of ^s or to indicate the the post being replied to has disappeared.