From Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th Circuit Chief Judge:
You know what? I don’t read block quotes. I skip over them. To me, it’s yada yada yada yada. If there’s something good in there, I expect the lawyer to tell me what it is. So the bigger the block quote, the less I’m likely to find what you’re looking for.
You know what happens when I’ve got yabba yabba yabba yabba … my mind goes and I now start think about something else. I start thinking about another case, or probably I start thinking about my gardening. Or my chickens. You know, I have chickens. Or I’m saying ooh, I’m going to be going snowboarding in a couple of weeks ….
(Blockquoted for irony.) Here’s more from Judge Kozinski on over-quoting. [Thanks, Jennifer!]