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I am building a chat, but this question is not limited to this. In fact, any forum has to have encountered this problem as well.

I wonder how to quote big content appropriately, considering the flow of a chat and the amount of space that images or code snippets can take.

I came up with two possible results, but I'm looking forward better ways to do this:

(1) Copy-pasting the content

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(2) Reply just below the content

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What are your thoughts about this? Do you know any better way?

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    They don't appear to be "chats" as such but comments on an image, is that right? – DarrylGodden Jan 19 '17 at 22:13
  • @DarrylGodden that's right. Although I wanted them to be seen as replies to the image rather than simple like / dislike comments. That's why I'm scared that a fast-paced chat can make these sort of content usabilities' poor. – zurfyx Jan 19 '17 at 22:20
  • Please check this ux.stackexchange.com/questions/7043/… – Madalina Taina Feb 19 '17 at 9:14
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The similar kind of approach is used in Whatsapp application http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/whatsapp-new-quote-message-reply-feature-for-android-beta-2845783/ It's very effective and keeps the reply's in a flow that the users will not miss any replies from other users even in a group where the latest message with reply comes first.

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