Suggestion when posting long messages - page 2

by Anisettes

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I apologize if this has already been posted, but maybe a reminder would help. Lately, I seem to keep clicking on posts that are really long (which is fine), but when posting those really long message it would really be... Read More


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    Quote from IlovenursingRN
    I'm sorry but I disagree. Some members post long posts because the information is important to what they are trying to convey. I do agree that it should always be broken up into small paragraphs. I also cannot read long posts unless they're broken up. I don't think long post smack of self absorbed people. Sometimes they're people in pain. With that said....if you don't like it you can always just move on.
    I don't think the length of the post, per se is the OP's problem.

    What does seem logical is if one wants others to read and comment on their posts, it makes sense to respect the reader.

    How?

    A good start is at least a swipe at proper punctuation, capitalization and organization. No one--well, at least not many --expect perfection, but looking at a long block of unbroken text is not an incentive to read. If one also has to decipher when one sentence ends and another begins, etc. the incentive to move on is often overwhelming.

    As mentioned, presumably the poster wants comments or at least a sympathetic ear (eye?). Why not do the little things that encourage more responses?
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    :yeahthat:

    I'm one who gives up on those long un-punctuated ramblings.
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    Hey is a so long debate, for a soo little think. Someone make a sugestion.

    People who write long threads could used or not, people who read long threads could read it or not, respond or not.....we can also neither to suppose that the writer want a response or not..... just let people to be....we can't make ALL people like us or to impose our norms in editing the text.


    In this life we can't control everythink, even we want, looool.

    Let's people to be, is enough that they are here and we are toghter and accept the difference or pass by.
    (You see I use paragraphs....lol)


    I don't want to see all the same, but I am eager to see intersting characters, good bad, life is variaty not uniformity the important is harmony in variaty.


    Don't read, express your self in another way, discover your self, how you really are and just be.

    I love to write, if I don't do it here, probably I will do it in another part, forum blog, with my bad english. Was just by chance to be here!

    I talk about me, because in real life I don't do it.....is how I am, with my thousand songs and thousand thoughts of what is good and what is wrong in nursing field, with my virtual friends and people who hate me deadly.......you know how is to live beetwen them in real world? You don't want to know......

    Is how other people are.... accept it! You can't change them, they don't want to be changed!

    They want to be like that, write like that...or not

    But if you know how to adress the issue, probably you will have a positive feedback, or not....But for what reason?????

    To satisfy yourself?

    I will give an exemple....I have a gurl friend a VERY TRASHY one, I hate her style, I am ashamed with her, I tried to changed her, because I care about her, till one day......when I realized that...is HOW SHE IS...... accepting her or passing by...is easy.....


    Going out from the box try to think in another way, before to classify.


    “Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.” Martina Navratilova


    We are different starting with our born.


    Ok is a long post, don't read it! LOOL (Has paragraphs and punctuation, looool, to satisfy the egos.)
    Last edit by zuzi on Dec 5, '09
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    TIPS for the WRITER...

    writing for the WEB should be treated differently from traditional media; posted below are some tips that will ensure you get more readers ... and, hopefully faster replies


    Watch Your Writing Style

    A successful article (long message) is one that grabs the reader's attention and promotes reading. To do this, you must write an article that is easy to read.

    To grab the reader's attention follow these simple rules:
    1. Use the Inverted Pyramid Structure
    2. Create Short Articles
    3. Use Short Paragraphs
    4. Format Text When Appropriate

    Use the Inverted Pyramid Structure

    We were always taught to begin an article with an introduction. However, when using the inverted pyramid structure you begin with its conclusion followed by any supporting information.

    Do you remember the last time you read an article from start to finish? Do you remember why?

    Typically, most readers will jump to another page before reading an article. They will scan a page - if nothing stands out they will exit. This is why it's important to have the conclusions or key points first.

    Create Short Articles

    Write short articles. A 5oo word article will provide just enough information. Long articles scare people away - it's just too much to read in so little time. If your article consists of 1,000+ words you should consider splitting into 2 or more articles.

    Use Short Paragraphs

    Long paragraphs are difficult to scan.
    • 3 sentences maximum when possible.
    • Use short and familiar words - no jargon.

    Format Text When Appropriate

    To promote reading:
    • Use Bold, Italic, and Headings (H1-H3 / forum equivalent bbcode is [size=3]).
    • Divide content in short paragraphs
    • Use bulleted list when possible.
    • Offer plenty of contrast between text and background.
    • Use corresponding images when appropriate.

    Do NOT:
    • Add colors to text - use default.
    • Change font-size - use default.
    • Use smilies within text. Smilies are great for conversations but not for articles.

    Use Appropriate Text Links

    When adding links to your article use descriptive text for links.

    Which do you think is better?








    TIPS for the READER...

    • For many, English is a second language
    • If you do not like the writing style of a poster you can...
      1. ignore poster; in time they will learn the proper WEB etiquette
      2. if it's intolerable, you can always add a poster to your Ignore List (similar to adding a friend to Friends List)

    chare, Anisettes, NRSKarenRN, and 4 others like this.
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    Moderator....

    I think this post should remain under general nursing discussion so that it will reach more people. I don't understand your rationale on moving it to this forum.

    As a matter of fact......i can't even find the comments and suggestion thread....please move this to where it belongs to where it will reach more users.

    Thank you
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    Quote from zuzi
    Ok is a long post, don't read it! LOOL (Has paragraphs and punctuation, looool, to satisfy the egos.)
    Lol, I might have continued reading this one if I could understand what the heck you were saying. I'm cool with agreeing to disagree and as others have suggested I do skip the long winded posts. I mostly wanted to add my two cents in case people are interested in getting more readers and feedback. I do find it offensive that you state the complaints about long posts is about the ego of the reader.
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    Thanks for the tips, Joe V! Also for the anxiety attack I'm having as I realize that 90% of my 300+ posts contain smilies in the text! <-- I'm not really having an anxiety attack, that was just a lame attempt at humor.

    Another suggestion I would have is to never, ever use cutesy spelling! If I see someone use the word "prolly" instead of "probably", I just can't hit that "back" arrow fast enough!!

    Most of us do not enjoy the stylized writing so often seen in high school yearbooks, either. This takes many forms, but what I find the most annoying are:

    1) No caps or punctuation. i rilly hate.this. . .it is just so. . .irritating. . .

    2) Random capitalization for no apparent reason. wHat is thE pOint . . .DOnt gEt iT

    3) Text abbreviations. Sadly, the most common offense. we r not ur bff

    I agree with whoever said this thread should be posted where it has the most chance of being seen by those it is directed to.
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    [quote][/use appropriate text links

    when adding links to your article use descriptive text for links.

    which do you think is better?









    • how does one post the preferred link though, joe? i only know how to click on the address bar and copy the link then post into a thread. i'll appreciate learning how to do it the preferred way, thanks in advance.


    • and ... while i'm at it and got your attention ... how, when posting something and you for example type: read here and when the reader clicks on the blue print, it opens more of the post. how is that done? thanks. always the student!
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    Quote from grace oz
    • how does one post the preferred link though, joe? i only know how to click on the address bar and copy the link then post into a thread. i'll appreciate learning how to do it the preferred way, thanks in advance.

    • and ... while i'm at it and got your attention ... how, when posting something and you for example type: read here and when the reader clicks on the blue print, it opens more of the post. how is that done? thanks. always the student!

    use icon to insert url into title or to delete link.


    procedure:

    1. first type title: how to post link titles
    2. highlight title.
    3. click on insert link icon and insert url (uniform resource locator, the global address of documents and other resources on the world wide web --- url is page listed in your brower at top of page) e.g.: http://allnurses.com/comments-and-su...ml#post4007438
    i backspace to remove "http" that appears in box or will be duplicate and will result in link not working)
    4. result: how to post link titles
    will take you to directly to my post here.

    read here is done the same way.

    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Dec 6, '09
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    Thanks Karen, much appreciated!
    I'm forever on a learning curve with computing and computers!


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