Most of these aren't quirks. They're wretched excuses, rationalizations, stupidity, cluelessness, etc.
I love the one - cut anyone not quoted. Even better, cut all the quotes if you want to shorten stuff (most quotes I read are scalpel-ready anyhow) and keep more names in. Sell more papers and maybe get a little more diversity in the process.
He's right that senior editors make excuses and rationalizations. Maybe the stupidity and cluelessness, too.
I found his comment about quotes interesting. Editors recently edited out some of the quotes in my story, completely changing it. If they'd asked, I'd have edited it to fit.
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