Thread Etiquette / Thread Grammar

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    IMO... There are no rules ... You are free to create your own ... You may be flamed,shunned,villified ... or not ...
     
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  2. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    It's all about the ease of the read for me. I prefer double spacing after a period
    But, liberal use of the return key helps as well

    I do not want an eye test.
     
  3. DNestler

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    English is a funny language. There's no one tasked with 'preserving' the language, as they do here in France. Local accents, word usages, and dialects seem to drive its evolution.

    When I left Pennsylvania in 1986, we were using a few German derived words, like "redd" for clean, as in "redd up your room!" But weren't real committed to them. Now they seem to proliferating due to the celebration of locality on the Internet.

    Also American English has a number of different academic standards and style books which specify the use of the leading comma (or not), how to cite sources, what to use certain bits of punctuation for (/,-,_, etc), when to capitalise, etc.

    And then there's British English with its own peculiarities: "whilst", "spelt", adding the superfluous "u" to words like "honour", and forcing the period (full stop) after quotation marks instead of within them.

    So it seems impossible to develop one Internet version of English with which everyone will be happy.

    The only place where spelling and grammar become an issue for me is when the meaning of a word, sentence, or paragraph can change based on whether someone is being sloppy.

    :)
    Daniel
     
  4. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    We don't add the 'U'. You omit it.

    It was our language first ;)
     
  5. Telekarster

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    Bang on! I'm completely gobsmacked at this discussion, I must say. :)
     
  6. trapdoor2

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    Somehow, my brain thinks a superfluosity of "U"s is better looking than a paucity of them. When I'm typing a formal memo, I have to remember to backspace over them as my fingers tend to spit out flavour, honour, savour, saviour, candour, behaviour, colour, armour, demeanour, glamour, harbor...often requiring a double-take whilst tapping out flour, hour and sour.

    No matter what I do, I simply cannot make leftenant come out right on paper or in my head. Why in Dog's name would you keep a U, decline to use it and then mangle it so badly that it becomes an F? :eek::D
     
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  7. RLee77

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    @EsquireOK has it right, in my opinion... it depends on the context of your subject/title line. If you have an actual title for your thread, use caps. If you’re introducing your thread with a leading sentence, as in “Guess what happened to me at Guitar Center...”, then write it as you would a sentence. It would look silly if every word in that sentence was capitalized.

    Regarding spacing, I always use double spaces after a period. It makes sentences easier to pick out, and provides eye relief in otherwise dense text. The whole move for single spaces was driven by two things: reducing cost for hosting companies (storage space, bandwidth), and cramming more text into a smaller UI window. I don’t care about either of those things, so I prefer to continue double-spacing. However, some sites (like tdpri) force it by removing extra spaces in your text... shrug. (I always post with doubles, but tdpri trims them out.)
     
  8. Guitarzan

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    Eye believe eye know hoo ewe are talking about!
     
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  9. RLee77

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    Yep, and it’s ponderously tiring and difficult to read.
     
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    Don't be fooled. OP is a bot.
     
  11. trev333

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    Threadiquette and Thrammer.... a few new words I just made up....:lol:
     
  12. lammie200

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    I ain't giving up the double space. Period.
     
  13. RLee77

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    Unfortunately there’s no choice on the tdpri — they strip out the second space when you post.
     
  14. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I. Did. Not. Know. That.

    Yup. They take the space out. What's next, TDPRI going to strip the apostrophe out of all the incorrect pluralization?
     
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    Indeed sir! I stand corrected. :)
     
  16. beagle

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    Whan that Aprillë with his schowrës swoote
    The drought of Marche had perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertue engendred is the flour;

    We had it first... :p
     
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    8 pints of cider for breakfast can totally Chaucer you up
     
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    Cider? I think he was on the special reserve mead...
     
  19. trev333

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    Whan that Aprillë with his schowrës swoote
    The drought of Marche had perced to the roote,
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertue engendred is the flour;

    OK I got this,,,o_O

    April swiped the guys shoes, the ground was dry and he stood on a sharp root and got an infection, then he had to soak his wound in strong booze .. he was only going out to get some bread....:)
     
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  20. Jim603

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    The whole point of grammar and punctuation is to make sure the reader understands what you are telling them. If that's not important to you, then feel free to make your own rules that nobody understands.
     
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