The forum software has started deleting a whole bunch of quoted text, including in posts from a long time ago.
This is making many of the threads impossible to follow now, and greatly reduces the value of this forum as a knowledgebase.
This is a very active, very friendly, very chatty forum. Which means you get a lot of jokes and tangential responses. If you delete the quotes that people intentionally included in their post, you might have to go up 15 or 20 posts to try to figure out what the person is responding to. If you even can.
I’m guessing this might be some default on some new version and the mods don’t even realize that it’s happening, but it’s not a good thing.