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You too can appear to be reasonably intelligent
Posted 1/19/07
Ok , so some of us are known for making intelligent posts . Well thought out , well written , and hell , most of the time the syntax is great too.

But , one of the things i`ve noticed , is many people who write well , don't exactly seem like competent speakers when met in reality , myself for example . I can write 15 paragraphs on why the color white has satanic undertones , but get me out in the open , and i trip over my words , and say things that i regret or cant back up .

This is because , while in a purely text based , non-time reliant environ , we have time to collect , research , and edit our thoughts before posting, while in person , we are expected to defend our positions immediately, and often stumble over unfinished thoughts , or speak without the benefit of a cool head .


So, I thought , since we have all the time in the world to think out a post , that a few posting pointers could help some of those who seem to have problems formulating a legible post .

Y`all know who you are , if you have a pointer or a pet peeve about posting , this would be the thread to do it in .


here are a few .

1. Do a little bit of research on the subject before posting .
2. Try writing out your post in a word processing program first , and let it check for errors , then copy and paste .
3. Never write while your angry . Wait a bit and cool off , go into your post with an even head .

These are just a few , I`m sure there are people out there with great suggestions that can help even you appear to be reasonably intelligent .
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Posted 1/19/07
i may trip over my words in person, but thats only becuse i think to fast and lose track a little. as for filtering your thoughts when writting it is very true. speaking comes freely and not much concideration goes into individual words. but when writing it slows you down to a pace that can only go as fast as you can type, you rethink things and chose your words. heck i have slipped up and called a book a spoon.
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Posted 1/19/07
1. If you have Firefox 2.0 there is a spell check feature.
2. Link your sources if possible
3. If the post is long and very descriptive, have some headlines in bold to separate your ideas.
4. Sometimes you need to describe which specific meaning are you referring to when using ambiguous terms.
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Posted 1/19/07
My suggestion is that if it is a serious discussion and someone has a point to make, try to avoid colloquialisms, textspeak and the suchlike. This probably gets more important the longer the point as, if something is tough to read, it generally won’t be read.

Spelling and syntax mistakes will happen as not everyone has English their first language so it bothers me less, though Gev's idea of writing on word (or write here then copy & paste) is a good one.
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Posted 1/19/07
I thought hey maybe a rare normal post from gev, but then I spotted it: "I can write 15 paragraphs on why the color white has satanic undertones"

Write the first thing that comes to mind, usually its the best remembered and most relevant...mabye?!
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Posted 1/19/07
Talk in 1337 its the best way too go. 1 10\/3 1337.

Posted 1/19/07
Lol, this is true . I rarely make a post without at least a bit of comedy or weirdness in it.
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Posted 1/19/07
You should post more often.

Using ad hominems (attacking the person rather than the argument) does not help your case, it only makes you look ridiculous.
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Posted 1/20/07
I think rather than seeing a topic title, going to the last page and typing your opinion, you should read some of the posts above you. This means you can see other ideas and connect views more, rather than just having a thread of random sentances.
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Posted 1/21/07
DON'T SPAM.

DON'T CHANGE THE TOPIC TOO MUCH.

DO QUOTE THE PEOPLE YOU ARE RESPONDING TO(UNLESS IT IS TOO LONG OF A QUOTE)

USE EMOTICONS TO GET SOME EMOTIONS ACROSS.

THE "EDIT" BUTTON RAISES YOUR IQ BY 15 PTS.

Don't type in All-Caps or abuse text modifications(emoticons and numbers either)
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Posted 3/25/07
Why oh why are threads like these not viewed more often. Such a waste.

My shameless bump but anyway it bothers me if people have run on sentences that are just divided by dots..... like this and then they stop.... and continue again with more... acronyms like lol...
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Posted 3/26/07

jamehze wrote:

Why oh why are threads like these not viewed more often. Such a waste.

My shameless bump but anyway it bothers me if people have run on sentences that are just divided by dots..... like this and then they stop.... and continue again with more... acronyms like lol...


I am notorious for using ellipses ( I apologize because I'm sure eventually in this post I will use them again).

Well, like Gev, like you I'm also better on paper. I suffer from word vomit like you have no idea. The thing that annoys me the most when I'm reading some of the posts on here is when people use shorthand on here. I mean really, does it take that much more time to type "you" instead of "u"? I don't know, sometimes I get the overwhelming urge to correct spelling and grammer errors...I guess that's what happens when you want to teach english for a living.
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Posted 3/27/07
kekekeke i dink dis thread suxorss 1!11!!1!!11ONE11!1!!1111

But seriously, suggesting corrective use of English and good practice in writing on a forum for a site filled with anime fanboys and fangirls is just funky. This site has a age demographic of mainly 13-19 year olds. And corrective English on the internet don't mean shit.

LAWLCHOPPERS!11!1111!!!!11
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Posted 3/27/07
i am not a native speaker,and it would take a lot of time
to write a 100% correct post.so i just write without
grabbing the dictionary all the time,is this a bad thing?
i never had any problems with this,but here it already
happened that people misunderstood me,or thought of
me as a less intelligent person.so should i leave the forum?
or is it rather a problem of the native speaker,who are intolerant?
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Posted 3/27/07

arano wrote:

i am not a native speaker,and it would take a lot of time
to write a 100% correct post.so i just write without
grabbing the dictionary all the time,is this a bad thing?
i never had any problems with this,but here it already
happened that people misunderstood me,or thought of
me as a less intelligent person.so should i leave the forum?
or is it rather a problem of the native speaker,who are intolerant?


Don't leave the forum just tell who ever questions you that english isn't* your first language and if they still are a pain then ignore them

And i would love to say for ppl to actually answer the question the poster has asked. And posting just "this sucks" is a waste of space...

I don't see anything wrong w/ short hand writing its how ppl communicate online now, and the "..." this is an anime site I've notice more anime fans tend to write like that...I'm seriously guilty of it... just look at it as an extended period.

But I agree responses that can't be read because ppl use words or ways of typing words to be "cutesy" is weird and hard to read (like another language entirely)
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