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[Sep. 10th, 2008|10:42 am]
Whole lotta labia.
Don't you, every once in a while, just want to send an internet etiquette package to a bunch of people? Just an envelope with a fun thumbdrive (sushi maybe, or those ones that look like teddybears with no heads) and then when it gets inserted you get this:

  • Basic rules on the use of apostrophes

  • A general understanding of the difference between "your" and "you're" as well as the correct expansions of some basic contractions.

  • A link to Google

  • A link to Snopes

  • And, for those to whom it applies, a general understanding of politeness on LJ. To whit: If you would like to unfriend someone, just do it. Don't whine about it and then post something clever for those still on your flist. That's tacky. And also, if you like someone's icon and you want to use it, ask them first. It's possible they will have no problem at all but it's also possible that they put a lot of work into it, or maybe didn't even make it themselves and the original artist would like credit. Be nice, people, you don't grab accessories from random strangers on the street, now do you?

In other news? I love my flist. The rest of the internet just makes me want to clutch you all to my bosom.

I heard that. Pervs.

[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 02:53 pm (UTC)
oh, for serious reals, all of it. le sigh.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
Omg Kiltie, why why whyyyyy?

Also, I have a question for you. I see you go off about spacing after periods in the stuff you edit and it makes me feel really anxious because I remember being taught doublespace after periods. What is the proper convention? Is it just for publications? Dude, when did this change?
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:13 pm (UTC)
Double spacing after sentences in business correspondence still works. (I hate it, but it still works.) Double spaces were once a typesetting convention in print publications, but once things were no longer being done manually or on ancient typesetting equipment, it became unnecessary. Desktop publishing makes things much easier in terms of measuring letter/type spacing, and from what I've been told—I do not know this for sure, because omg Luddite—some online text editor software automatically rips out the double spaces anyway. You should be good in your correspondence, but if you're creating anything like a newsletter or magazine or even a flyer of some kind, I wouldn't do it, because it really does look amateurish and can make your life hell in terms of layout, especially if you're confined by executive choice/decision to use—oh god—force-justified text in text boxes.

When I rule the world, man ...
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to chalk it up to just not having had a revisit of my punctuation rules since high school. So I wasn't being deliberately obtuse, just didn't know any better. I'm going to do my very best to fix this in the LJ but you're going to have to stick with me.

The things I miss out on, seriously.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 03:24 pm (UTC)
See, they're not there in your LJ. I see no double spaces. :D I think LJ's text editor actually does rip them out, so type the way you always do. I told Cee a bit ago that we're not on the clock here. :D Unless I see something absolutely horrible, I ignore pretty much all publishing conventions online. :D

You know what I do that drives me bananas? Type the same word twice. If I had a dime for every time I'd typed "the the," I'd be ... well, back home in London with servants and James May driving me around in his Bentley in between hours and hours and hours in bed.
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From: starfishchick
2008-09-10 03:40 pm (UTC)
As Kiltie said, I don't think it does show up on LJ. And as Kiltie also said, it's a change from typing to word processing. The word processors can figure out the spacing for themselves.

(I learned to type two-spaces-after-a-period, too, even when I was learning on WordPerfect.)
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2008-09-10 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well ok then. I can just cut loose and go nuts with my spacing. :) I'll keep it in mind if I'm doing formal correspondence and make sure it's showing up in the web pages I'm publishing. Thank you both for the help. You always make your points without making me feel like a doofus.
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2008-09-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
no no no no. Mellies.

HTML editors (all of them) strip out extra spaces. which is why if you want one for spayshul formatting reasons, you have to use the magic & nbsp ; ...without all the extra spaces between the ampersand and the semi-colon.

*nods in a sage-like way*
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2008-09-10 05:11 pm (UTC)

I'm too late, aren't I. :D
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2008-09-10 05:15 pm (UTC)

But the good part is that it's such a pain in the ass to have to type all those characters that only a crazy person would bother just to get two spaces after every period in a document. right?

*looks around at fandom*

um. sorreh?
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