IMO (note usage of caps), taking some effort to enhance readability is a courtesy worthy of being extended to the readers. The usage of capitalization of the first word of a sentence, some but not excessive usage of commas, and certainly usage of periods are but some methods to be utilized. Other punctuation includes hyphens, colons, ellipsis (...), parenthesis, quotation marks, exclamation point, and question mark. Additional specialized symbols when appropriate can *add* flair, and if anticipated by the author as enjoyable to the average reader, are certainly encouraged. Personally, I have recently been studying a book titled: "Handbook of Current English." It has helped me improve my writing ... but I also recognize my skills are no where near polished and learning should be a life-long endeavor.
Although I dislike being yelled at, as does practically everyone, and CAPITALIZATION is considered as yelling and thus rude ... it also allows the author to express themselves, to show their emotions, and emphasize what they, themselves consider as important or what is their primary motivation for the correspondence. Individuals exhibit different degrees of skill and exuberance. I most often find myself enjoying the exuberance of one individual in particular so much so that I am attracted to their postings and am more likely to read what they have to say. Admittedly I would not like everyone to duplicate that style, but I find it refreshing and fun. The key is to read between the lines and see the heart of the author. Are they posting as a service to help protect others? ... or are they *really* trying to dominate a select group of readers? Isolating and categorizing folks into groups is also less than perfect manners ... but also necessary at times for the sake of brevity or defining a topic.
Writing in third person style is also preferable. It takes more effort ... but it allows each reader to not feel singled out. It gives the reader an escape path and thus lessens the chance of turning them off and keeping them interested in what you have to say. Why write if you feel no one will be left by the end? As I have already lost some here do to the length of this posting.
Also, I find myself put out when individuals are attacked simply for being themselves. If their patterns are well established ... get over it and accept them for as they are or read along in another thread. No one is forced to participate in any thread. I'm a bit of a Pollyanna nature like person, I do find myself enjoying *every single one* in this forum. Even some who have angered me in the past and singled me out for some reason or other. Heck, in my case I often benefit most when someone challenges me. That challenge makes me take pause and be more considerate of others. That pause allows reflection and without reflection there is no growth ... so the challenge is a favor, a gift, a very much big part of communicating. The invisible line that separates a legitimate challenge intended to be helpful for the author and an attacking form of challenge used as a response to the author because they have somehow angered the responder is hard to define. I find myself thinking lesser of those who respond with anger ... yet exactly when I shift my interpretaion into the "this is an anger response" is not narrowly defined. I just know it, or feel it, when it happens ... and some days I am less prone to flip than on others.
Another aspect would be someone intentionally pushing another's buttons through being pro or con about a topic or even the style and nature of what is said. In that case, where there is *intent* ... the instigator WINS when there is an attacking response. It lets them know they have been heard LOUD and clear. So, for those who choose to attack ... you might consider yourself as having been victimized and played as the author intended! Now, ain't that a barrel of laughs?
A very well thought out and informative post. Thank you for that.
quote:Now, ain't that a barrel of laughs?
Yep, it sure is. You want a real barrel of laughs? Just stick around a little longer and get to know our beloved Dude friend the way we do....you ain't seen nothin' yet. Seriously though (and I mean this with all of my heart), if it weren't for Dude111 , my life would hardly be worth living. THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING DUDE!!! AND NO HARD FEELINGS *EVER*, MY DEAREST FRIEND, OK???????? I LOVE YOU MAN!!!!! (Note usage of caps) (OH, AND DUDE, I'M ALSO REALLY SORRY ABOUT THE WHOLE KEYBOARD THING...IF YOU WANT TO KEEP USING THAT ONE IT'S PERFECTLY FINE WITH ME).
Re: Facebook pushes security tips to all its users
said by thollu911 :Just earlier tonight I saw a Facebook commercial where a late teens to early 20's girl quotes having read somewhere that old folks get more anti-social as they age and how this concerned her ... so she insisted her retired parents participate in Facebook. The young girl was not impressed her parents had 18 or 19 friends because she had somewhere around 587. The message as I interpreted it was that socializing at the extreme levels is the new normal.
That isn't a Facebook commercial, it is a car commercial.