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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'

50BalesOfHay Tue 30-Apr-13 22:28:46

non healthy functioning lovely shock.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:30:26

That's why I corrected myself. Why the shocked face?

Is 'disordered' not more of a medical term?

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:09

disordered past participle, past tense of dis·or·der (Verb)


1.Disrupt the systematic functioning or neat arrangement of.
2.Disrupt the healthy or normal functioning of.

50BalesOfHay Tue 30-Apr-13 22:36:15

In addition to getting punctuation right it is important to get vocabulary right. If you are happy to call 'disorderly' thinking 'unhealthy' then paragraphs are not the key issue!

VonHerrBurton Tue 30-Apr-13 22:37:11

I agree with that, maddening, 'paragraphs please' following someone's disorganised rantings does indeed scream 'twat'. Just don't read it!

5318008 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:37:49

yes, quite, 50

(hey, hi five fellow number-name)

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:38:02

But I didn't did I? Maybe go back and have a re-read.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:39:50

I corrected 'disordered' to 'disorderly' as I didn't want to imply 'unhealthy'. Let me know if I can make it any clearer for you.

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 22:41:24

Don't read them then, no need to be quite so bloody condescending about it though.

HousewifeFromHeaven Tue 30-Apr-13 22:44:52

This kind of thread is the nastier side of mumsnet IMO.

claraschu Tue 30-Apr-13 22:45:18

Not everyone is being judgey. Some of us have bad eyesight and struggle with this. The words swim about, and it's hard to find the next line.

We need help.

HousewifeFromHeaven Tue 30-Apr-13 22:47:24

God forbid any of you make a grammatical error from now on. I'm sure there'll be plenty who'll kindly point it out to you.

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 22:49:17

I hate this side of MN.

I will reply to anyone's thread I don't give a toss how it's written.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 30-Apr-13 22:51:15

That's me claraschu, I wear cheap pound shop reading glasses and I do struggle to read them. So I don't.
I never ever comment on them though.

MardyBra Tue 30-Apr-13 22:52:38

I can't be arsed to read OPs which are in one paragraph most of the time.

Unless they start to kick off, then I might be tempted to wade through them. grin

50BalesOfHay Tue 30-Apr-13 22:55:11

squoosh disordered in your context is not past participle (ie, verb), it is adjectival. Don't you agree?

AIBU to refuse to read posts which justify discriminatory language with poorly argued pedantry?

WhiteBirdBlueSky Tue 30-Apr-13 22:57:22

Do what you like.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:57:38

50BalesOfHay I did say that my definitions may be incorrect but it's pretty clear that I didn't want to imply 'unhealthy' otherwise why would I have corrected myself?

But please, carry on deliberately misunderstanding me.

bubblesinthesky Tue 30-Apr-13 22:57:55

I have dyspraxia. This means I find co-ordination difficult. It also means that I have difficulty working my way through large blocks of unbroken text. Thus I like paragraphs. YANBU

5318008 Tue 30-Apr-13 23:01:01

bubbles, I hadn't realised that, about dyspraxia making blocks of text difficult to read. Thank you.

Every day is a school day smile

50BalesOfHay Tue 30-Apr-13 23:04:37

Oh, and usualsuspect exactly what I should have said, but didn't.

TolliverGroat Tue 30-Apr-13 23:05:07

Personally I don't read posts if the thread title isn't correctly capitalis... oh, hang on a moment...

olibeansmummy Wed 01-May-13 07:15:45

YANBU to choose not to read them, but YWBU to re post the op, inserting paragraphs in where you want them to go. I really think its the rudest thing to do on MN, as its so condescending.

PoppyAmex Wed 01-May-13 09:11:52

"'paragraphs please' following someone's disorganised rantings does indeed scream 'twat'. Just don't read it!"

How true, it's especially horrible when the OP is clearly vulnerable and writing about a difficult situation. It's really petty and pretentious; I always imagine a Hyacinth Bucket type...

GoblinGranny Wed 01-May-13 09:25:47

if your comments are as shallow as your reasons for disliking a post, then the original poster isn't going to be missing much useful or constructive advice, so that's a win all round.
I find posts without paragraphs, accurate punctuation and with random spellings hard to read. I do skim-read them, to see if it is something important that I might be able to help with, or if I feel strongly about the subject.
If it is, then that's more important than the form of the post.
If not, I leave it alone.
Sometimes it is carelessness that makes a post almost unreadable, but sometimes the poster has other issues that affect their writing.
MN should be inclusive, that's why Pedants' Corner was created. Distressed Grammar Nerds have their own space.

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