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MN Etiquette.

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Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 11:29:10

I think that mn needs a bit of a guide to its specific local etiquette.

There are tons on unspoken 'rules' on here that you don't know if you don't live on spend lots of time on here.

Swearing in thread titles offends some, not me as it happens, but I do know it offends others so I don't do it.

Text speak is obviously a no no.

Ghoulish thread titles in the news section are ill advised.

Writing without paragraphs is another one that causes confusion and upset.

Basically it can be a bit of a minefield for a new poster. I don't think that it deserves a whole topic but maybe folks could add to this thread and it might be a good place to direct newbies to.

SoupDragon Mon 21-Jul-08 11:30:16

Disagreeing with me is a definite no no.

Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 11:31:14

Oh GOD yes, but how would a newbie know that without this threadwink

Elmosgirl Mon 21-Jul-08 11:32:11

Not to start threads about another thread.

MrsBadger Mon 21-Jul-08 11:32:36

there is no need to sign your posts

or use kisses

WideWebWitch Mon 21-Jul-08 11:32:45

text speak is lazy and you won't get as many replies if you use it

preggersplayspop Mon 21-Jul-08 11:33:40

But its a lot more fun to read when people break these rules that don't exist

MrsBadger Mon 21-Jul-08 11:36:23

more fun to read huge long messages typed without pressing return once?

more fun to read 'Little blonde 3yo kidnapped then tortured, killed and chopped into tiny pieces' rather than 'Upsetting news story :-('?


Hulababy Mon 21-Jul-08 11:39:59

Not using some form of grammar and punctuation is always an interesting one to comprehend.

Adnd a note to newbes that Cod can indeed spell - she just has a higher proportion of mistypes when typing fast than oher people.

Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 11:45:48

And Cod-bashing is boring and as unwelcome on here as having a go at anyone else.

Hulababy Mon 21-Jul-08 11:51:20

Wasn't cod-bashing myself; hpe it didn;t come across as that blush

ConnorTraceptive Mon 21-Jul-08 11:52:27

You're more likely to be torn to shreds if you post in Am I being unreasonable than if you post the exact same thread in any other topic.

StripeyKnickersSpottySocks Mon 21-Jul-08 11:53:04

Starting threads on parent and child parking spaces. grin

Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 11:53:20

No no not at all, I was just making the point when there is a relative newbie on here who doesn't 'get' Cod and starts a thread to have a go (happens, I would guess, about 5/6 times a year).

Hulababy Mon 21-Jul-08 11:55:41

Yes, that's true.

ExterminAitch Mon 21-Jul-08 11:57:37

introducing yourself to MN with a post reading 'you are all ignoring me' is often treated with considerable disdain. grin

PS i'm with you on the swearing in thread titles, Carm. amn't so much bothered by it myself but know that others are, very much so, and therefore wouldn't do it. plus, it's a bit coarse... wink

youngbutnotdumb Mon 21-Jul-08 12:01:51

I talk in vague text speak using words letters sometimes but thats about it. U see what I mean

slim22 Mon 21-Jul-08 12:07:05

when you disagree with someone, find the post, quote from the post and then go "aha, gotcha!".

If you want to be taken seriously give lots of stats and links to research because God forbid you should speak from experience or give an opinion.

MrsBadger Mon 21-Jul-08 12:13:44

well you can speak from experience or give an opinion, just don't be surprised when people don't treat you as the fount of all truth when you do wink

StealthPolarBear Mon 21-Jul-08 12:18:39

Probably also should translate bump, popcorn, explain Gina Ford, Judge Flounce etc...

taipo Mon 21-Jul-08 12:24:29

Don't post in AIBU if basically all you want is someone to lend you a sympathetic ear and a hanky.

Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 12:26:05

Yes the AI bit of AIBU is most important, do not forget that you are inviting opinions and that that these may not necessarily concur with yourswink

slim22 Mon 21-Jul-08 12:26:52

NEVER post on an AIBU, just lurk

VeniVidiVickiQV Mon 21-Jul-08 12:29:26

Oh, dont mention the man in the red suit in thread titles.....

Do we really have to veto the swearing in thread titles though? sad


PuppyMonkey Mon 21-Jul-08 12:32:22

Actually, I hate it when people cut and paste chunks of your post. Comes across as really arsey to me...

Especially when they then just put: "I disagree with you." or something deadly dull after. You just think - what's the point!!??

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