Yes there is. "Reply" link just under the last post over at the right.
That is the one I use and yes I use IE8.
The thing is that it has worked fine in IE8 until, as Debunker says, some 3 days ago.
I can quote a whole post, but if I only want to use part of it, I cannot highlight the part I want to erase and am forced to use the reverse button.
What happened 3 days ago to bring these changes about and can something be done about it ?