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Thread #36085   Message #496160
Posted By: catspaw49
01-Jul-01 - 08:03 PM
Thread Name: BS: lower case posts with no punctuation
Subject: RE: BS: lower case posts with no punctuation
Especially in discussion forums such as we use here, it is easy to read more or less into the words that are written. We have had long discussions about this before and using the **grin** and **BG** and the other icons (:<)) can have very beneficial effect in making your words understood in the manner you mean them. Inflection is very difficult to transmit as Bill so well points out so using less than standard grammatical tricks sich as the just makes sense doesn't it?(:<))

Like many others, I try to type in the same manner I speak and to give the reader asense of the voice pattern and it's implied attitude.....friendly, angry, humorful, sarcastic, or combinations of all gets to be a challenge. Sometimes I am misunderstood, but I doubt if I have as many problems with that as others do and as the most prolific poster in the joint, I think my percentage of understanding vs. lack thereof is pretty good.

All lower case of all of anything doesn't help me to understand a poster as there are too many ways to tkae individual words, let alone sentences and paragraphs! But if it makes you happy then go with it and I'll do my best to keep up and guess at your meaning. Many times though, like Arkie, I just skip them.