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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Yes and don't forget the people who mix up "there," "their," "they're," "piece," "peace," "your" and "you're"
    A paragraph goes a long way in helping the "haters" ignore the assumption of stupidity in a wall of text.
    Dude, shut up. (asshole)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    This one sounds good. Anybody else want to add something?
    This is very good and succinct. My only suggestion would be to add some examples (generic types) as some might not know when they are moving onto a new topic or making a different point.

    And let's not get into grammar, punctuation, or syntax. For that, you might just as well link to the Chicago Manual of Style or some other "completist" manual.

    I liked the "wall of text" statement someone posted.

    Here's an idea: put a double-space between every two sentences, no matter what. Then they don't have to think about topics or points or audience and we avoid the wall of text. Of course, you might then have to teach them what a sentence is, but you can only do so much.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    Dude, shut up. (asshole)
    Dude read the post above mine (idiot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Dude read the post above mine (idiot).
    I did already so like shut up. (dumbass)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    I did already so like shut up. (dumbass)
    I know you can't read. You would have created your own paragraph because you are sooooooooo smart (dumbfuck).

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    You'll need to give some motivation as to why posters should be arranging their thoughts into paragraphs. Quite often when the noobs get given out to they think it's just because we're just obsessed with rules and looking for any chance to criticise. They fail to understand that if you don't take the time to make yourself understandable, most people aren't going to take the time to read your post, even if you have some brilliant point to make.

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    The forum can detect and defeat ALLCAPS, is there a filter that would kick back an error message if a post contained over 200 words and no carriage returns?

    'Cause that would be awesome.

    "We are sorry. The post you have entered is formatted too poorly for anyone to be expected to read. Please try again after you have learned basic grammar."

    Periods and capitals would help too.

    But, yeah, ippwned wrote what I would have. A sentence is a subject, verb, and any modifiers, a paragraph is a concept, idea, or point. If you start writing about something different than the last sentence, hit Enter a couple times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrackFox View Post
    You'll need to give some motivation as to why posters should be arranging their thoughts into paragraphs. Quite often when the noobs get given out to they think it's just because we're just obsessed with rules and looking for any chance to criticise. They fail to understand that if you don't take the time to make yourself understandable, most people aren't going to take the time to read your post, even if you have some brilliant point to make.
    If someone could find me a wall of text post with a brilliant point in it somewhere I would love to see it. The motivation for not writing like an ass should be the slim chance of seeing one of your posts outside of trollshido.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    I know you can't read. You would have created your own paragraph because you are sooooooooo smart (dumbfuck).
    Well your grammar is inconsistent. (Asslicker.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ippwned View Post
    Generally, one should start a new paragraph when one of the following happens;


    • You move onto a new topic.
    • You make a different point.
    • You start talking to a different forum user.
    • After about 80-100 words, the reader needs some sort of break or pause to digest what has been said. It is therefore a good idea to start a new paragraph even if the following paragraph continues to talk about the same topic as the previous one.



    But as a hard and fast rule; keep one idea to one paragraph and you won't go far wrong.
    Pretty good. A few additions:

    If some reason you are quoting/citing dialogue, you should begin a new paragraph every time the speaker changes

    If the explanation or evidence for a point is long or complicated, you should break that down into paragraphs

    If you are going to contrast differing ideas or positions, you need to have separate paragraphs

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