Wow, disabling signatures and avatars made a huge difference, although there’s still a ton of whitespace. If there were a way to get everything in that blue bar into the little box on the left side, that would be a lot cleaner (although that creates problems for really short posts).
There is a quote function on the mainland, and I wonder how difficult it would be to replace the giant quotes with a username. For all I know, there might be a tag for that.
I don’t use the quote function for user quotes, only for quotes from TFA.
The trouble with the Lounge quoting system is that people get lazy, and just hit ‘quote’, resulting in enormous ziggurats of conversations that make reading more difficult, paritcularly for mobile users. Moving this system to the Main Site would be a disaster for readability, because you’d be multiplying the problem from a situation with about twenty people having a conversation at any given moment to possibly forty or more. The ‘thread velocity’ on the Main Site can be much more rapid than in the Forums, simply because more people are involved.