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Is the page on Fluther writing standards one of the greatest thing you've ever read?

Asked by jlelandg (3536points) November 24th, 2010

It’s pretty close for me: this page here. I’m trying to nail down what makes Fluther so interesting for me. I spoke to my buddy about it, and mentioned I enjoy getting to know the spirit of the board. My one critique of the writing section is that the writer said someone may call the standards arcane. I believe this is written too politely, for if I had written it, I would have said: these rules make perfect sense, and if you really have a problem, please go jump in the river (or worse).

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marinelife's avatar

The Fluther founders rarely, if ever, tell users to “go jump in a river”. That’s one of the reasons we love them.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have never read it.;)
“To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas—the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.”
Mark Twain

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No, it’s not one of the greatest things I’ve ever read. I feel neutral about it.

jlelandg's avatar

I quite like it. It allows the mods to keep the kids from being too “hip”. I am a major foe of dumbed down english language. A typo is a typo, but voluntary over-simplification of language (especially by native speakers) is unforgivable to me. Initialisms are usually okay, however when I start receiving “u” and “r” as words, I get rather perturbed.

downtide's avatar

Years ago I kept an online blog on a now-defunct site called Diary-X. There was a forum associated with it, which was great fun, and there were very similar writing standards there too. The founder of the site used “U is not a word!” so often it became the site slogan. They even produced t-shirts with it on, for a short while.

Berserker's avatar

Trainspotting is the best thing I’ve ever read. And you go jump into the river.

seazen's avatar


I also liked War and Peace. Oh, and this book was delightful.

Foolaholic's avatar

Aye, ‘tis truly a beauteous light midst the suffocating darkness of Hackzors and Leet-Speakers. Cheers.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Perhaps this should go on the writing standards page:

Grammar lesson: “Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.”

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