[Someone suggested I re-post this from another thread. So here it is.] Aurrin's rules of anti-aggrivation posting: 1) Sentences
Post in complete sentences. This really isn't a difficult concept to master. When you've finished a thought, put a period (" . ") after it. This makes it easier for people reading it to subdivide your post into coherent thoughts. Lack of period typically renders a post unreadable without substantial effort.
Just as every sentance should end with a period, it should begin with a capital letter. While lack of this isn't as bad as lack of periods, you should still endeavour to use it. Also, capitalize "I". It never stands alone as a lower-case letter, so there's no excuse for not knowing when to capitalize it. If you're referring to yourself, it's capitalized.
3) Nix the net-speak.
Let's face it, you've all seen someone who typed like this: "ne1 out ther? i ned hlp, ppl" This is, quite frankly, the most annoying consequence that the internet has had. Do not abbreviate words by removing consonants, and do not abbreviate them by phonetic replacement of letters or numbers. "ne1" is NEVER a replacement for "anyone". This goes double for asking for help. In general, if you can't be bothered to spend the extra twenty seconds to hunt down the additional keys on the keyboard and type them, why should we spend our time trying to help you? It must not have been too terribly important to you anyway. And that doesn't even mention the time people have to invest in just trying to decode your post to understand what you mean.
If you must abbreviate something, use the traditional method of abbreviating long words with the first few letters followed by a period. (i.e.: 'Adv.' for 'Advanced') Some abbreviations may be in common use by whatever locale you are in, so watch for them and they will also be acceptable. Just make sure that you don't carry them outside the bounds of where they will be known.
I have to say this is a good idea, stickyed!
Wow! It's not very often that I get stickied on a board. :) But darnit, now that I look at it, I see a few errors that I really ought to go back and fix. Mostly just a couple of misspelled words, but that should have been 'vowels' instead of 'consanants' in the second one. *sigh* I should be more careful when typing. But I hope it gets the point across.
Indeed it does. However, I kinda meant for the whole site. Like, GF has it's own General Discussion. But don't move it. It's fine here, hope you don't mind if I e-mail it to some friends.
This is great Aurrin. That net-speak stuff really gets annoying sometimes. I try to help people with gaming problems if I can, but how can I help when I can't even make heads or tails out of what they're typing? I have no intentions of learning 'net-talk'.
I think this is a more-than-adequate example of the net-speak type: http://www.jengajam.com/r/LJ-Sk8erchikhottie Tragically, the internet has increased the volume of information distributed, but at the price of often reducing the quality of said information to abysmal levels. Livejournal, I would have to say, is probably one of the biggest offenders, by encouraging people to post the entirity of their waking lives and conscious thought for everyone to see. I mean, how many people really need to see that anyway? :curse:
All it proves to me is if someone posts in such a manner as to incure this kind of talk then they must be something of a "dumbass" to say the least. It not only promotes an inability to converse with logical thought. It also indicates a lack of serious intelligence. Problem is, everyone's been guilty of doing this at some time. Also what would you do to stop it?? You'll upset a darn sight more people if you start deleting posts just because of this.
I can't recall the Armada site but there was a person on one that had something like over 8,000 posts in about 1 1/2 years. You're right Aurrin, there is a point when quantity just overwhelms anything important being said. "....and when I woke up I saw that the scab had come off of my cold sore...."
I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
I like you Aurrin :p i could not agree more. The only place i accept all the net speak type stuff is when its a text message on a mobile phone, when your on the internet theres almost always space to put full sentences and punctuation in. Just common manners. But spelling errors that are genuine i wont touch because i make enough of them myself :lol:
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Oh, I don't mind occasional spelling errors or grammar errors. If you look closely, you can find some of each in that very post itself. Just so long as they're few and far enough inbetween that it can be easily read, there's no problem. And I think I like you too. :) (Text messaging on phones is different, because it's so hard to get the letters out there in any timely fashion, and also the messages need to be very short. In some cases, you actually pay on a per-character basis.)