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gailcalled's avatar

If you write long masses of text, would you consider some breaks for the achy-eyed here?

Asked by gailcalled (54522points) September 14th, 2008

When I see a page of unbroken text, I move on and may miss interesting issues.

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waterbearer's avatar

I’m the same way. Especially if I’m in a hurry, I tend to skip the masses. It could be written the same way, with breaks, however, and I’d be drawn to it.

MrMontpetit's avatar

Totally agree. It’s so much easier to follow when there are some breaks in between paragraphs.

gailcalled's avatar

As a corrollary, perhaps one could edit and condense the text also. A summary is better than a detailed narration. And while I have the floor, what about sentences that are clearly sentences ratherthanrunonphraseswithoutpunctuationoruppercase?

MrMontpetit's avatar

i hate it when people use no upper case or punctuations and use run on sentences i just dont see why people do it its so stupid and hard to read and follow only poo faces do it

EmpressPixie's avatar

Appropriate grammar is highly appreciated. Things that are done purely to make the text more readable regardless of grammatical precision are also highly appreciated.

eambos's avatar

wAt r u guYyYysSs tAlKiN bOuTs????????

I want to reach through the internet and punch anyone who writes like that.

gailcalled's avatar

I wish I could find the picture of Ben (or was it Andrew) in the Poo hat. (Remind Andrew; improve search.)

However, we would miss out on some beauts; frizzer, mager, and this, which I will treasure. I guess that iPhone could always be the scapegoat.

“They are the UN they have been crouped and the britan and a few other places must war agensed it, the US is dump crimanols and such, It colapsed as on of the gratest….. desasters ever in 2050.”

eambos's avatar

www.poo-hat.com

There you go, gail!

gailcalled's avatar

@erik: How did you do that? Was it necessary to know how to croup?

gailcalled's avatar

@Erik: What about the question and discussion regarding the use of the passive voice? This was a long time ago.

eambos's avatar

I don’t know about the discussion you are referring to, but thy webpage is owned by Andrew and Ben. I remember it coming up in a few months old thread.

gailcalled's avatar

Poo-hat or passive voice? And sorry; I know that thou art Eric with a c.

eambos's avatar

I don’t believe I was part of “Passive Voice.”

Seesul's avatar

sumwonjust posteda question4Ugailcalled.

Nimis's avatar

Yes, ugh. I can’t get through long, dense, unbroken paragraphs of text. It may have less to do with being achey-eyed and more to do with my short attention span.

For emails, I don’t mind scrolling down long emails. But I hate scrolling sideways and scrolling down. So I have this habit of narrowing the paragraph on my emails…meaning that I’ll hit return after a dozen words or so. Though this drives some of my friends crazy. Some like to tease that my emails are like really bad prose.

gailcalled's avatar

For all those who are riveted by discussions of the use of the passive voice, I found this old question via Google; http://www.fluther.com/disc/3701/how-not-to-write-in-passive-voice/

@Nimis:For really bad prose, see answer #7 ^^.

cheebdragon's avatar

if someone write a really long answer, 9/10 I won’t even start to read it, I don’t care if it’s @me, I just don’t have that kind of time…..(or interest)

cheebdragon's avatar

I’m sorry gail! I should have checked that for errors, before I hit answer….bad cheeb, bad, bad cheeb…..

gailcalled's avatar

@goodcheeb; even I can distinguish between a random typo and “the UN that has been crouped.” And although I can make a stab at “The US is dump crimanols,” I’d vote for a tad more clarity.

@cheeb; What about the question that is really a badly-written short story?

maybe_KB's avatar

Not to metion the text that are so heavily abrreviated, you’ve gotta read it like 2–3 times and even then you hope you’re reading it right

e.g. tke ur tm. & 2 thk abt the mntl brn fk.ur posn upn ur frnds & fmly b4 creatn ths bsht.
(actually i’ve read worst)

Pachy's avatar

I rarely write long questions and comments, but when I do, I break into paragraphs because, one, it’s the way I learned to write, and two, this ol’ pachyderm’s eyes blur when he sees a mass of text.

Pacy’s vision is perfect, however, when he spies a mass of peanuts!

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