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Topic Originator: Jbob  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 16:32

A few thoughts re long posts. There are exceptions but on the whole once a post goes beyond about 100 words I will avoid reading them.
I will read even less if it is not paragraphed or punctuated.

Do other folk have any views?
Keep it brief ;-)

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Wotsit  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 17:03

Lazy git.


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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 19:55

JBob, your brief post was already a third of the way towards being too long for you to read back.

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: sintv  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 20:13

I thought it was another fence installer topic
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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 20:43

Like it ^^^^^ :)

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Sun 28 Feb 21:37

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.


Yeah I know 不


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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 08:24

I don`t mind long posts at all if they have something to say. The secret is not to be repetitious. I am guilty of writing at length on occasions, as is sammer and GG and socks, and several others, but generally speaking, length is not an obstacle to good and interesting expression.

For me, the bugbear issue is grammar. Yes, I know that we didn`t all enjoy our English lessons at school and that could be as much down to a poor quality teacher as to an inattentive student.

In the past, I would tend to notice an individual error, suggesting that the error was probably rooted from schooldays. However, now I am frequently noticing more and more collective errors that suggest the root is more recent and broad spread.

Two good examples of this that seem to come up time and time again on dotnet are the misuse of "of" and "have", and "led" and "lead".

To be clear...

Should of, would of, could of are all wrong. Should have, could have, would have are all correct.

Similarly, the past tense of lead is "led", not "lead". "Roy Barry led the Pars onto the Hampden pitch..."

Yup, this is more than 100 words.

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 08:27

You're lucky Peter doesn't post on here anymore. His typos used to be epic.
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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 09:10

Do schools teach grammar any more? Listening to professional communicators like broadcasters (and I don`t just mean football pundits) you`d think not.

Isn`t it the prevalence of `text speak` which causes people to write in a phonetic rather than a grammatical way? Confusing `lose` and `loose` is another common mistake.

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Wotsit  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 09:59

I have a problem with extra apostrophes, they make me physically cringe.

Missing apostrophes don't bother me nearly so much though.


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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Andrew283  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 10:26

Quote:

widtink, Sun 28 Feb 21:37

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.


Yeah I know 不


Couldn't agree more
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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Milos Drizzle  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 10:34

Quote:

Andrew283, Mon 1 Mar 10:26

Quote:

widtink, Sun 28 Feb 21:37

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.


Yeah I know 不


Couldn't agree more


Hmmm. Maybe the app should offer a "New Post With Start of Quote" option? Or even better, just show the start of the quote with an option to tap to expand the rest, but not sure how I'd technically achieve that!

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: parsfan  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 11:05

In longer posts you might just want to quote a part of it. I edit when doing this but it would be easier to select/highlight the text you want to quote and have the app "quote with selected".

While writing that I thought "maybe you can do that already", so I checked and can't even select text (Android app).

I also often give up on long posts, especially if just one mass of text. If on PC then far more likely to see how long it is before starting and therefore more willing to read to the end. The wider screen also makes it look shorter.

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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 17:18

Quote:

Milos Drizzle, Mon 1 Mar 10:34

Quote:

Andrew283, Mon 1 Mar 10:26

Quote:

widtink, Sun 28 Feb 21:37

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.


Yeah I know 不

...


It is important to include a bit of what you are replying to. Remember when we had folk falling out because they thought someone replied to them but it was for a post further up.



Post Edited (Mon 01 Mar 17:20)
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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 18:26

Quote:

PARrot, Mon 1 Mar 17:18

Quote:

Milos Drizzle, Mon 1 Mar 10:34

Quote:

Andrew283, Mon 1 Mar 10:26

Quote:

widtink, Sun 28 Feb 21:37

Quote:

PARrot, Sun 28 Feb 21:26

I dont mind long posts. What i loath is people copying the entire content when replying.
The first line is enough.

Makes threads miles long.


Yeah I know 不

...


It is important to include a bit of what you are replying to. Remember when we had folk falling out because they thought someone replied to them but it was for a post further up.


I agree 不


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 Re: Long posts
Topic Originator: Milos Drizzle  
Date:   Mon 1 Mar 18:27

Quote:

parsfan, Mon 1 Mar 11:05

In longer posts you might just want to quote a part of it. I edit when doing this but it would be easier to select/highlight the text you want to quote and have the app "quote with selected".

While writing that I thought "maybe you can do that already", so I checked and can't even select text (Android app).

I also often give up on long posts, especially if just one mass of text. If on PC then far more likely to see how long it is before starting and therefore more willing to read to the end. The wider screen also makes it look shorter.


Note that you need to use the button in the post to "Enable text selection" in order to then select text in the usual Android way.

Having a "Post with selected quote" could be the best option on balance.

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