Please Break Up Your Post With Paragraphs...

Discussion in 'ClubSeaRay.com Suggestions' started by MonacoMike, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
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    85 Monaco 197
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    For several months we have had many good, useful, informative posts that ramble on with 15-25 lines of unbroken text. They are almost unreadable. The point of using the paragraph online is to keep points separate and make the page readable to the human eye.


    Here is a post from Frank with paragraphs removed. (Frank's original post is below, I altered to make the point). Just try to make any sense out of that???


    Same text with paragraphs.





    MM
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2014
  2. ImpulseIII

    ImpulseIII Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore/Venice FL
    2001 410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    Maybe Frank will not post any longer. Will that make you happy? Maybe posts should be graded for content, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Good Lord!~
     
  3. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    MM is working on that as you can see, but he won't use red ink because it could damage self esteem.
     
  4. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    MM

    You on vacation and running out of things to do?
     
  5. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
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    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Franks post was altered to make the point, he had paragraph breaks. I used a well written quote instead of calling someone out on a bad post. Have you tried reading some of these long posts with no punctuation or paragraph breaks. We have a system of written communication to make communication clear. The point of the site is communication.

    If folks want help here clear communication is a must and it has gotten bad on here in the recent past.

    MM

    Original post was updated to communicate clearer...
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2014
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
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    Here I sit minding my own business and .......................


    For what it is worth, I've been married to an English teacher for 40+ years. I can write and I don't post goobly-gook, so if any of you are man enough, bring on your red pencils.

    Mike is correct, and I agree with him. Simple sentence structure, punctuation and paragraph placement makes the difference between whether I will wade thru a post to eventually get to a question or if I say "I have better things to do" and move on.
     
  7. tc410

    tc410 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Hey Mike:

    It now appears that you are carrying a dictionary in that "adequate" first aid kit of yours? HAHA just ribbing you a little!! I totally agree, breaking long posts into paragraphs is a must. Of course getting some folks to use commas, periods, and capital letters is a stretch.... Good luck!
     
  8. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    2004 C14 Caribe
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    50HP Honda
    Must be!
     
  9. tc410

    tc410 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    If I'm not mistaken, I believe its "gobbledygook" not "goobly-gook"?

    OK - I'm kidding around with you too, Frank!
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    I think that's a good point, Mike. I often read through posts that are just so awkward to read that I think "If this person didn't take the time to at least RE-READ his/her post, why am I spending so much time reading it and trying to understand it". I get it that not everyone is perfect (I'm certainly not) when it comes to spelling and grammar, but it's not that hard to take an extra minute to go back through what you wrote and make sure it makes sense. Didn't we all learn that in 5th grade? Although... don't the misspelled words usually show up with a red underline? And if one isn't sure how to spell something... just Google it - you're already on the computer!

    I know to some this might sound like a trivial thing, but if you want people to help you, help us by making your point clear and to the point. Quite honestly, some of the time, it just comes across as "wanting someone else to do the work for them" -- and of course they want the answer immediately. But I suppose that's a gripe for another day.
     
  11. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    idonthaveanyideawhatheistalkingabouteveryoneonthisforumshouldbeabletounderstandeverythingthatispostednomatterwhatpunctuationisusedgeezlouisedontwehavebetterthingstodothancriticizeourfellowpostersabouttheirlackofgrammaticalskillsiamallaboutproperpunctuationandsentencestructureihaveahardtimereadingsomeofthosepoststhatmikeisreferringtowheretheposterjustrunsonandonandonwithoutaparagraphcommaorperioditreallymakesforhardreadingsomedays
     
  12. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
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    Grammar and punctuation:

    The difference between knowing your sh!t and knowing you're sh!t.
     
  13. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
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    Let's eat Grandpa!
    Let's eat, Grandpa!

    There is a difference!!!
     
  14. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Disturbing that I can read that...
     
  15. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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    Maybe more disturbing that you even attempted! :)
     
  16. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
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    Beer and Popcorn please...Talk about wanting to pick a fight, geez... Don't read it if it doesn't fit your format...
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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    I'm with Mike and Frank on this one. I always take the time to proof read something before hitting the button to submit it. Some of the posts on here are difficult to read and difficult to try to eke out what the OP was trying to say. It's hard enough to convey thoughts when you're limited to writing them rather than talking with someone about them, but all of that is made even more difficult when you're trying to wade through a poorly written post.
     
  18. tdschafer

    tdschafer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I agree that punctuation & paragraphs help the ability to read a post & ascertain what it is the poster is seeking. If it is too jumbled for me I just move on. It's not my responsibility to assure the poster gets an answer so, if he/she gets no response I would assume they would rewrite it in a better format or move on. Either way it doesn't affect my life so I don't give it much more thought.
    I also remember that there is an issue with the latest IE version that seems to block the ability to hit "enter" to start a new paragraph. I know that I had a ton of issues using my new computer for this forum (letters not typing was a big one) and now exclusively view from my iPhone.
    FWIW: I could understand Ricks post too!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Todd
     
  19. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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    I get that (understand). And often times that's exactly what I do - no big deal. But... I would like to be able to help people. If Mike's post brings some awareness to this subject and maybe reminds someone to re-read, then everyone's better for it.
     
  20. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    [video=youtube;N4vf8N6GpdM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4vf8N6GpdM[/video]
     

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