12/29/2011 11:48am, #11
12/29/2011 12:11pm, #12
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- Nov 2011
- Asheville NC
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.
Last edited by MovableBookLady; 12/29/2011 12:13pm at . Reason: add clever sentence.
12/29/2011 12:15pm, #13
12/29/2011 12:25pm, #14
12/29/2011 12:33pm, #15
12/29/2011 12:40pm, #16
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.
12/29/2011 12:54pm, #17
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.
12/29/2011 12:56pm, #18
12/29/2011 1:05pm, #19
12/29/2011 2:58pm, #20
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