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    popa_bar_abba
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    My rules are:

    A. Spell-check. Use a browser that has spell-check and do it.

    B. Paragraphs. Do it often.

    C. Spaces between paragraphs. Always leave one line.

    D. No partial sentences. (except in a list)

    Try it; you’ll like the result.

    #725649

    wanderingchana
    Participant

    I would like to add:

    E. Grammar: check and DOUBLE check. Using Yiddish grammar in English is unacceptable.

    F. Proper punctuation. Excessive capitalization and punctuation only SPARINGLY AND WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!!!!!!!!!!

    G. No run-on sentences.

    #725651

    Homeowner
    Member

    It helps if the post is in English.

    #725652

    RuffRuff
    Member

    Popa,

    Do you

    mean

    something,

    like?

    this;

    #725653

    I. Do not repeat yourself

    J. Do not repeat yourself

    For examples of this refer to E and F or E and G.

    #725655

    tzippi
    Member

    Good points, and some good laughs too. Personally, I am willing to cut people some slack; not everyone types as well, and considering people are posting from work, at the traffic stops, or otherwise in a rush there isn’t always time (or the motivation) to properly proofread.

    #725656

    You’re not writing your doctoral thesis when you post in a forum. Don’t expect others to post as such.

    #725657

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    My personal pet peeve:

    Don’t “drown out” your fellow posters by cutting-and-pasting huge blocks of text from outside sources, knowing the other party is not going to want to read through twenty paragraphs or more.

    Instead, summarize the points made in the text and provide a link back to the original source.

    The Wolf

    #725658

    blinky
    Participant

    Pls x write in abbrev. 4m its hard 2 read! U hav 2 b consider8 of CR readers. thnx!

    #725660

    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    TMB: What’s the problem? Is literacy also a bad hashkafa?

    #725661

    Itchy: If you wish to spend as much time writing what ought to be a quick paragraph for a forum as you would for a paragraph in your doctoral thesis, be my guest.

    #725662

    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    All I’m saying is that people should have the consideration to write something that everyone else can read without too much difficulty, such as your last post.

    #725663

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I never asked anyone to do this; I only provided directions on how to do it.

    #725664

    “rules” have a connotation of the implication of “required”

    you should have said “guidelines”

    #725665

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I actually meant the rules I use for myself.

    In the context of the title, “How to…”, I thought it was clear that it was an offer of instructions.

    #725666

    Homeowner
    Member

    Mod-80,

    That’s a superb point. On the subject of rules, from the Yeshiva World RULES OF THE YWN COFFEE ROOM – PLEASE READ, http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/rules-of-the-ywn-coffee-room-please-read:

    Topic and Tone

    . . .

    5 – Please try to post in a language somewhat resembling English. . .If your comment is not written in normal English, it will not be approved.

    I request that you step up your enforcement of this rule.

    #725667

    that rule actually is ambiguous, even self-contradictory:

    “resembling english”

    “normal english”

    i prefer to interpret it more towards the first definition

    #725668

    popa i see your point

    #725669

    Homeowner
    Member

    Mod-80, then perhaps the rule can be clarified.

    Some of the stuff posted on CR would be embarrassing for an ESL class.

    #725670

    haifagirl
    Participant

    Itchy: If you wish to spend as much time writing what ought to be a quick paragraph for a forum as you would for a paragraph in your doctoral thesis, be my guest.

    If it takes that much extra time to get proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar in a short paragraph, you need to go back to school, because your English skills are hurting you in other areas of your life.

    As a commercial for an English course once said, “People judge you by how you speak.” The same can be said about how you write.

    #725671

    haifa: One needn’t proofread a forum post. If it is readable despite any typos, it suffices. Period.

    #725672

    tzippi
    Member

    Just so I don’t make a comment on another thread…apostrophes!

    Or is it apostrophe’s? I’m beginning to wonder….

    #725673

    i dont use apostrophes, or capitals except in certain instances of respect. i do feel periods and commas are very important though.

    #725674

    as for your post haifa, you are right. i write differently when it is for business or the like.

    #725675

    Sam l Am
    Member

    Considering haifagirl is the self-appointed language police here,…

    EDITED

    #725676

    haifa girl is not a self-appointed anything here. your post is offensive.

    she has obviously studied grammar and it is something she considers important. i havent seen any basis for your harsh personal criticism of her

    #725677

    Sam l Am
    Member

    Okay, it was too harsh, I apologize. Perhaps you can allow me to restate my point respectfully. Haifagirl, why do you criticize the modern usage of the word gender, but refer to yourself as a girl rather than woman?

    #725678

    tzippi
    Member

    An apostrophe means that the word is in the possessive. It does not confer plain plural status. The placement can. For example, pencil’s, pencils, pencils’.

    Sorry to be hocking. But when it comes to typing, not everyone types easily; it takes time and intent to find that apostrophe and include it. So I don’t get how it insinuates itself into so many words.

    #725679

    nfgo3
    Member

    tzippi: Apostrophes are widely misused. You are correct that the apostrophe should be used for the possessive case. And, by the way, inanimate objects, such as pencils, should rarely be used in the possessive case. “The point of my the pencil is dull”; not “My pencil’s point is dull.”

    The apostrophe should also be used in contractions, e.g., don’t vs. dont. The apostrophe signifies that some letters have been omitted, as in “don’t”, which is a contraction of “do not.” I believe the possessive case was indicated in English prior to the 18th century – excuse me, the 55th – only by the possessive pronoun, e.g., “the Rabbi his hat …” which later was contracted to “the Rabbi’s hat ….”

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