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Old 12-09-09, 07:07 PM
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Hi everyone!

There are many of us who have a hard time reading various types of posts (brick wall, no punctuation, etc), so I thought I'd compile a "how to write a post" thread. This isn't a guideline or anything, just some friendly advice that will help you get more responses to your posts.


1) Write in paragraphs. It's very hard to read a post that is one huge paragraph. It's easy to get lost in a word wall. Often, people see a wall of words and run away! This is one way to ensure people won't read your post. If you are seeking advice, please write your post in paragraphs!

2) Use punctuation! There are many many people here who don't use periods. They are your friend, really! Run on sentences are just like a wall of words. No punctuation also makes it harder to determine what exactly it is you want out of us (for a reply).

3) Don't use a light text color. Some of us actually have an easier time reading a post if it's in a variety of colors, others have a hard time with it. Whatever you do, please don't write in yellow or some other light color.

4) NO SHOUTING! All upper case letters means you're shouting or yelling. If you write in all caps, people will make the assumption that you're mad and yelling. If your intention is to emphasize, then use italics, bold or underline options.

5) Specific Titling. Generic titles won't get you anywhere. Be specific. You'll get more responses if people have a basic idea what your post is about, through the title.

6) Smilies + Sarcasm. If you're being sarcastic, use the smilies or directly tell us you're being sarcastic. It's very hard to interpret written dialogue, so if you're tongue-in-cheek, smilies are your best friends.



Any other post writing recommendations you all want added to the list?
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