posting style annoyances

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Aqdas, May 23, 2009.

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  1. Surati

    Surati Active Member

    Don’t be a Petty tyrant.

    A petty tyrant in the context of this forum is someone who:
    • Is a button pusher, a tormentor.
    • Is obsessed with being right.
    • Can’t let things go.
    • Is cause of so much frustration.
    • Drives people to distraction.
  2. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

  3. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    9. one line speech, ten line conclusion
    this has been mentioned elsewhere and i thought it deserved a place in out top-ten. if you must have a signature, then i prefer one-liners.
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  4. Harisa

    Harisa Guest

    For fatwas, I reckon we should get a scholar on board, like Sh. Faraz Rabbani or Imam Tahir Mahmood al-Kiani, etc.
  5. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    8. hold the front page
    it's quite annoying when a post is a must read and this is included in the title.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
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  6. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    7. the caps lock jam
    PLEASE DON'T SHOUT SO LOUD! either in titles or posts, typing in lower case is far better and CAPITALS are so annoying.
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  7. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    6. the tidal wave
    posts are more likely to be read if they are made intermittently. if you decide to flood the forum with 10 posts within 3 minutes; they are much less likely to be even viewed, nevermind contemplated upon.
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  8. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    each and everyone using their own personal font type and size.

    uniformity is good. it looks good, is professional and easier to read.

    can we agree to stick to Verdana, size 2?
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  9. Saeed Bak

    Saeed Bak New Member

    Although more about content than style, a big annoyance to me is when people issue "fatwas" like "doing this-and-that is haram" without referencing the fatwa to a book or a scholar. Unless the poster is an actual scholar himself, the people are bound to ask for a reference and then we will have 3-4 posts arguing on that before the initial poster coughs up a reference...

    In short: Remember your references and sources.
  10. Wadood

    Wadood Veteran

    Sidi Abu Nibras I think you did 'the photocopier' again in the above post, haha

    I think my posts are kind of machine gun type. I just go on and on without paragraphs like a machine gun. However, I do add commas and full stops sometimes but no paragraphs.
  11. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    ...glad to know that you do. ;p
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  12. abu nibras

    abu nibras Staff Member

    yes i agree.............. fully agree..... ;)
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2006
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  13. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    there are a few unwritten rules that help everybody on the forum - if extended, it is true for online communication. not all of us are computer/internet savvy, therefore let us try to highlight things that might be annoying to the general public using the forum [or e-mails].

    please note that this thread is NOT to ridicule or belittle anyone, nor patronizing. but a little discipline and writing style goes a long way in enhancing user experience [sorry for the marketing speak...]

    please add your own annoyances and tips on readability. try adding a humorous title. and please people poking phun 'pon ourselves in a harmless way is not bad at all. infact, some of my posts fall into these categories too.

    note1: annoyance can be abbreviated with ann [as in ann coulter?] if you wish.

    1. the photocopier:
    this is by far the most annoying thing i encounter on bb's and forums. person-A writes a long winding post [which is an another ann, but we come to it later] and then person-B copies the whole thing before he replies. the problem is that one has already waded through the post and you force your readers to go through it once more until they finally arrive at your comments.

    usually, this is because of laziness. bb's and forums, by default, copy the original message in the reply box; people do not bother to pick out the relevant parts that they wish to comment upon and instead include the entire message.

    the real fun starts when person-C replies to person-B's reply which already contains person-A's original long-winding post. soon it is difficult to decipher who is saying what.

    suggestion: do not copy the entire [original] message when you reply: just select the relevant portions and that is why we have the wonderful 'quote' button.

    2. the kind talk-show host
    sometimes people reply as if they are fulfilling an obligation. like the morning talk-shows [i haven't seen one in years, but i guess they haven't changed] - 'yes, yes. you are right.' 'oh!' 'well' 'true, true indeed.' 'i think so.'

    this is not really bad, and inconspicuous until one decides to answer every post in the archive with such interjections.

    suggestion: it is not necessary that we should say always something. particularly when it is an old topic.

    1+2= 3. the talk-show host with a copier
    as the title suggests, this person copies the whole long-winding post and adds his comments: 'yes, good.'

    4. the marathon [or the postathon]
    wait a minute, take a break - don't put everything into one long-winding post. break it down into chunks for readability even if everything you have written is very good.

    even if we want to eat the entire apple, we don't put it whole in our mouth [i don't know anybody who does]. alright, let us eat the whole delicious apple; but first, let us cut it into pieces - there is no law against dividing one long post into fifteen shorter ones, i am sure

    suggestion: research suggests [and you can notice it yourself] that an average person can tolerate two/three-screenfuls at a time.

    5. the machine-gun
    rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat. this post goes on and on without respite. no commas, no full-stops and absolutely no paragraphs. mostly, this happens in cut-and-paste jobs, but some people have the talent to do it even in original posts.
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