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to not read posts that don't have paragraphs...

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Uppatreecuppatea Tue 30-Apr-13 21:39:59

If anyone is wondering why their posts don't get replies, my response is: use paragraphs.

It could be my dodgy eyesight but I just can't read one long paragraph that goes on and on.....

See how I did that?

Just sayin'

MNHQ need to get Tech onto an automatic Paragraph Generator. Like when you set the spacing in a Word document.

everlong Thu 02-May-13 18:01:55

Beer I totally agree with you. And all throughout this thread I have maintained that picking someone up on grammar, spellings is rude. Plus highlighting the need for paragraphs on a sensitive thread.

Nobody should be made to feel bad. But for the sake of my eyes it would be great if a few paragraphs were put in.

Anyway I'm boring myself now grin

I think I'm coming from the pov that yes, paragraphs are preferable and make posts much easier to read. My default position when I see them not being used is that an OP is too stressed/tired/vulnerable and in a rush to use them. Perhaps I'm making a huge assumption there, I don't know.

Pointing it out, on the thread, or in a general thread, still strikes me as rude.

everlong Thu 02-May-13 14:09:26

Good post sacre I also think by bringing it up that it might make someone aware that wouldn't have normally let it cross their mind.

It's no biggie asking for paragraphs. It isn't a slight on someone's spellings or grammar.

I don't request better presentation from posters who are vulnerable etc, Poppy - I have never said I do - I click away from the post, but keep my frustration to myself.

However, since this thread was started to discuss this issue, I don't feel I am doing anything wrong by joining in the discussion and sharing my views.

SacreBlue Thu 02-May-13 13:49:33

Coral smile I saw it as an important part of the thread.

I think we often do want find out more, or help more and it can be frustrating when we feel we could help more if only we had a bit more something it's actually a common theme in threads

If I had more time, or money, if my DP realised I needed a bit of help I could do so much more, if the LA had the funding for a TA my child would make better progress, if my boss would stop micro managing me I would be able to get on with work, if I had bigger boobs that dress would sit better grin

So sometimes we have to just accept our cup(s) don't runneth over - but sometimes we might get the more that we need. And that's important for those wanting paragraphs and those wanting advice, more of one, might mean more of the other.

And vice versa - those asking for help rarely nit pick the layout of replies (even if they totally ignore the advice) so a bit of slack for those upset or posting from phones or in a rush isn't unreasonable.

PoppyAmex Thu 02-May-13 13:35:45

SDTG, did you read the full thread? I believe it's been explained ad nauseum and I honestly think there's not much left to discuss.

I'm very sorry you're frustrated because you can't "help" these posters, but please permit me to offer a suggestion:

Perhaps you could accept that by not requesting better presentation from posters who are vulnerable/disturbed/have learning disabilities or don't care about it, you are in fact already "helping" them.

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 02-May-13 11:49:27

I really don't care about spelling or punctuation, as I can still read the posts.
But with long, long texts as SDTG has just said, screws my eyes and brains up too.
I also don't care if the paragraphs are placed wrongly, as long as the text is broken up in some way.
I go on here for fun, and if I'm struggling to read something then I don't bother.
The same with textspeak, I don't mind it, but it takes me twice as long to read (I'm very old), so I don't comment on these threads either.
My problem, yes, which is why I don't bother replying and would never dream of commenting, that is just rude.

Poppy - why is it self-centred to want to be able to read someone's post? How can someone offer help/support/advice if they don't know what the problem is? If someone is posting with a dilemma or a fear or problem, I don't read their posts for my benefit, I read them to see if I can say something that might help them - that is not self-centred, quite the opposite, in fact.

But a huge block of text just screws my eyes and my brain up so I can't read it - and yes, that is my problem, not the poster's problem, but please accept that I find it frustrating because I want to be able to offer help and support, not because I am pissed off because I can't get something for myself from the post.

coralanne Thu 02-May-13 07:59:53

SacreBlue I didn't think anyone would notice that I had hijacked the thread blush.

Everytime someones mentions dyspraxia, a light goes on in my head and I feel that I might learn a bit more about it.

My DM still thinks it's something we have made up.

SacreBlue Thu 02-May-13 07:06:29

I like this thread, not because of snippy comments on either side of the arguement though that does lend a bit of spice but because it was a topic that sometimes might come up in a more annoying way on others posts but here got it's own thread to talk it out.

Posters clumping everything together were made aware that spacing out the text into more manageable chunks would make it easier to read and process.

Posters annoyed by lack of paragraphs were made aware that there may be a reason why the OP has not made spaces or at least not to be posting on the thread itself.

additional value in better understanding of dispraxia

I think allowing people to talk about this subject in a separate thread means there's less likelihood of it spilling into someone else's potentially sensitive thread, everyone learnt something - good, no?

bubblesinthesky Thu 02-May-13 06:38:38

Poppy mine used to favour Norwegian! I finally found an option to change the default language to English so you too may be able to persaude your phone to speak your language!

Coralanne its a pleasure. I meant to add that when he's older he'll probably be entitled to extra time in both GCSE and A Level exams so he can slow his writing down though it sounds like that's some time ahead.

Maddening I do both already but as you know yourself its not always simple though it does help.

coralanne Thu 02-May-13 03:25:47

bubbles. Have just come back to this thread but felt I had to acknowledge your helpful information.

Thanks

PoppyAmex Wed 01-May-13 22:57:34

Don't forget split infinitives <glares at OP>

It's just a website, with thousands of posters. Many of whom will post in a way that puts a bug up your ass.

Let's all start threads about what constitutes the sand in the fadge of our own MN Experience.

With paragraphs and perfect spelling, of course. No acronyms allowed and rogue apostrophes incur a stiff penalty take heed usual

maddening Wed 01-May-13 22:43:52

I know beer - which is why my first response to this thread was "Yanbu to not read whatever you don't want to read"

but everlong stresses her desire to read so in that case rather than snipy replies mocking the lack of paragraphs (not everlong but a regular and typical reply to such posts), or feeling hard done to due to one's own issues, if one is determined to read those posts there are ways around it.

usualsuspect Wed 01-May-13 22:38:40

If I'm on my BB, I post random full stops and o.

I really need a new pc.

It's about the amount of effort one wants to put into reading posts, isn't it, maddening?

There's no crime in thinking 'Nah, cba!' at any one time, or always, if it doesn't suit you.
No one's opinion is so uniquely valuable on here that an OP or individual poster should fret about making their typing accessible to each and every person on MN.

PoppyAmex Wed 01-May-13 22:34:33

everlong, I can't put it better than Beer.

usual, my phone randomly auto-corrects to Portuguese when I'm typing in English and vice-versa. Makes for interesting reading!

maddening Wed 01-May-13 22:32:08

I have dyslexia - reading is where it gets me. I should have issues reading long posts with no paragraphs - my coping strategy is rolling up line by line so that the line I am reading is at the bottom of the screen.

You could copy and paste and pop the paragraphs in yourself.

So there are 2 coping strategies right there and neither is hard.

usualsuspect Wed 01-May-13 22:31:39

My kindle puts rogue apostrophes and commas all over the place.

Sorry about that grin

bubblesinthesky Wed 01-May-13 22:30:53

Fair enough Maddening though if you read my post properly you'd know that I don't really care if its correctly paragraphed but that I'd just like some spacing.

I am most certainly not the grammar police.

It's not silly, it's just a fact.

Paragraphs aren't compulsory, or a sign that an Op doesn't care about their audience.

Rogue apostrophes annoy me. I don't start a thread proclaiming How I Avoid The Hell That Is 'Apple's For Sale'

everlong Wed 01-May-13 22:16:41

But Poppy I might want to read it!

My eyes are really quite bad and I find one huge paragraph too hard, it goes all blurry.

But I wouldn't comment on there not having paragraphs.

I just find this attitude of ' well other people will read and post ' a bit silly. I want to read it too it's just hard.

maddening Wed 01-May-13 22:13:13

to some everlong it is hard.

I don't find empathy and compassion hard but evidently others do.

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