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In an ideal world, if the guys in Bridge starred this message, it should be the original message that actually gets starred.

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The "ideal world" -- yeah, I've heard of that.

Your point is good, though, and I agree with it. Most of the time, at least. I can imagine edge cases where starring a quote would not warrant starring the original, but in most cases, you're probably right.

As you would've guessed, this is non-trivial to implement. If the quote-starrer has already starred the original, should this result in "no change"? Or should it mean a star just for the quote? Or should this justify a "double star" for the original?

Never mind the cross-site case (as in your example), where the "who starred what" question gets even more complicated.

But yes, this is worth considering.

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Although it should be noted that nobody has actually starred your quote so far :) –  balpha Nov 7 '10 at 22:34
    
"If the quote-starrer has already starred the original, should this result in no change?" Or the quoted post should just show up as starred already to anyone who starred the original post –  Michael Mrozek Nov 8 '10 at 0:31
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Simply displaying the original post body in the sidebar instead of the permalink would be an improvement, possibly with a leading > quote marker, surely this can't be too much work? (famous last words) –  David X. Random Feb 22 '13 at 9:22
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