I generally don't like the quick reply, because it's only one click faster, and you give up all the smileys and other editing tools when you use it. Of course, this is only an issue when you are quoting, as the quote defaults into Quick Reply instead of Reply. YOu then have to copy the quote back into the Reply function to work with it.
I guess it wouldn't be so annoying if it didn't proudly proclaim -
With a Quick-Reply you can use bulletin board code and smileys as you would in a normal post, but much more conveniently.
Which is patently false!