“Paragraphs” please?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by AxemanVR, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I was really trying to read a smartly written post lately, but (despite being initially impressed with its content), I unfortunately lost interest due to the message consisting of several hundred words all crammed into one long paragraph...

    I’m not saying this to be cocky or mean spirited, but if anyone has a relatively long point to make - and wants others to follow along more easily - then breaking things up into shorter passages is crucial.

    Otherwise all that effort made to express a profound thought may be ultimately lost, due to the difficulties involved in the reader’s ability to follow along effortlessly.

    I sincerely hope this is taken as friendly advice...



     
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    Paragraphsareallfineanddandybutwhataboutbreakingyourparagraphsupintosentencesorevenyoursentencesintoindividualgroupsofletterscalledwords?[emoji2957]

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  3. AxemanVR

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    That’sfunnylol...



     
  4. Antstrat

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    And they type it on tiny cell phones!
     
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    I totally agree.

    Having spent years working on the content and presentation of printed publications, I know the value of breaking up information into small blocks.

    I wrote and edited books, magazines and newspapers.

    Presentation is a powerful tool. :)
     
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  7. rafasounds

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    I agree. If it's only about four lines or so, I leave it in one block. Otherwise I give a little space between the different blocks of caca that I write.
     
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    Hi, buddies

    I try to make questions in small size format.
     
  9. heltershelton

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    well.

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    guess.

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  10. JohnMac

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    A pet peeve of mine, as well.

    I think tend to over-paragraph, (and punctuate), but I feel that it makes my content easy to understand.

    Not that I have anything of any interest to say.
     
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  11. longboard blues

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    i write and review a lot of documents for a living. If someone sends me something to review, before actually reading any of it, I look to see if the text is separated into useful sized blocks - if not, it goes back to reformat. And then when I find capital letters misused, it goes back again. Illiteracy is inexcusable - we have the most outstanding educational resource at our fingertips, 24/7.
     
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    Well I think that Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularized in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by.
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    Know what I mean?
     
  13. Lone Woof

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    Agree wholeheartedly. As a writer and editor myself, it really galls me when content is put in a massive block. Unfortunately, what I've seen with a lot of younger people is that they have no clue how to use paragraph breaks. Punctuation is also problematic for many. I've had to edit and revise the work of many younger coworkers, and it's astonishing how bad their writing skills are.
     
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    I’m sure my writing skills could use some fine tuning.
     
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    Actually... a few of us have been wanting to talk to you about that. :whistling:
     
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    Now stop that at once.
     
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    That’s it ..I quit .
     
  18. longboard blues

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    oh my... it's not just younger cow orkers. Some of the people I review documents from are seasoned professionals, but their written skills are truly appalling. I had one tell me I didn't know what I was talking about when it came to English (apart from the various qualifications, degree modules, etc) and he insisted that the capitalisation of his words was right. When I asked him to explain to me the grammatical rule that said that two instances of the same word in the same sentence could be capitalised differently, he lost his rag and went on a bit of a rant. Me laughing didn't help.

    He quit soon after.
     
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    Uhm... cow orkers?

    :p
     
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