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FR Posting Style Book - format for replying (We seem to be slipping)
Me, Myself and BJungNan | April 9, 2005 | BJungNan

Posted on 04/09/2005 11:51:09 AM PDT by BJungNan

Lately there seems to be some slippage of what has been for years the common style for replying to posts. In the interest of FR Stylebook maintenance, here is what has been proper style on replying to comments in a thread.

The common form for replies is as follows:

1. Quote the person you are replying to with italics (if you are replying to someone specifically and what they said).
2. Seperate with a paragraph mark.
3. Show your reply in regular text

Example:
Even after five years (or so) of reading FR, I still find myself amazed at the quality of discussion and the wealth of information, especially posts from the many experts that are members of FR. Who would have thought we would have experts in typefonts of all things (to Dan Rather's chagrin).

You sure have that right BJungNan. Jim and FR are the greatest!

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Placing the comments of the person you are replying to in quote marks or in Bold may get the job done, but really it is not common style. At least not to my FR eyes. Those using quotes perhaps don't know html but it is really easy. FR is where many people learned html. Somewhere on here is an html sandbox (perhaps someone can offer up that link).



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1 posted on 04/09/2005 11:51:10 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan
Placing the comments of the person you are replying to in quote marks or in Bold may get the job done, but really it is not common style. At least not to my FR eyes.

But isn't this much more aesthetically pleasing?

2 posted on 04/09/2005 11:53:52 AM PDT by thoughtomator ("The Passion of the Opus" - 2 hours of a FReeper being crucified on his own self-pitying thread)
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To: BJungNan
"Lately there seems to be some slippage of what has been for years the common style for replying to posts. In the interest of FR Stylebook maintenance, here is what has been proper style on replying to comments in a thread."

Hear Hear!

3 posted on 04/09/2005 11:54:05 AM PDT by Normal4me
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To: BJungNan
huh?
4 posted on 04/09/2005 11:54:19 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: BJungNan

Hear! Hear!

However, I do not expect anything to change. ;)


5 posted on 04/09/2005 11:54:20 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (" I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. " A. Lincoln)
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To: BJungNan
greatpostgoodideashopeitworks

6 posted on 04/09/2005 11:54:59 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: BJungNan

"Those using quotes perhaps don't know html but it is really easy. FR is where many people learned html."


OK


7 posted on 04/09/2005 11:55:13 AM PDT by beltfed308
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To: BJungNan
Quote the person you are replying to with italics (if you are replying to someone specifically and what they said).

That has always been SOP for my responses to other posts. It makes things very readable.

8 posted on 04/09/2005 11:55:23 AM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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Ohh, you're bad.


9 posted on 04/09/2005 11:56:00 AM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: thoughtomator

Show off.


10 posted on 04/09/2005 11:57:36 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: BJungNan
okey-dokey
11 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:01 AM PDT by Serenissima Venezia (Bush talks about jobs Americans won't do - one we will do is (undocumented) U.S. Border Patrol Agent)
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To: BJungNan
So sorry to have offended

you with my non-standard

replies in the
past.

Remember to close your tags!

12 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:11 AM PDT by nhoward14
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An don't forget to close your tags. :) </ancient history>
13 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:20 AM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: thoughtomator
But isn't this much more aesthetically pleasing?

Now that you mention it, all the colors and font sizes are kind of pretty.

14 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:24 AM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: thoughtomator
isn't this much more aesthetically pleasing?

Well, it's almost--how do I say this?--"Classy"...

15 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:57 AM PDT by umbagi (Monthly donor [entry level])
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1. Quote the person you are replying to with italics (if you are replying to someone specifically and what they said).I really hoep this catcheson,p>
16 posted on 04/09/2005 11:58:57 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: thoughtomator

That color kind of strains the eyes. :-)


17 posted on 04/09/2005 11:59:31 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: BJungNan
1. Quote the person you are replying to with italics (if you are replying to someone specifically and what they said).
2. Seperate with a paragraph mark.
3. Show your reply in regular text.

"Separate" is spelled wrong.

18 posted on 04/09/2005 11:59:43 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: lafroste
Ohh, you're bad.

Join the FR green-bold-blink-reply club - or FRGBBR as we like to call ourselves - you'll love it... it's a way of life!

19 posted on 04/09/2005 12:00:09 PM PDT by thoughtomator ("The Passion of the Opus" - 2 hours of a FReeper being crucified on his own self-pitying thread)
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To: lafroste
Just a quick comment on your post..

That has always been SOP for my responses to other posts. It makes things very readable.

I agree that italics are easiest to read. Personally, I like to also use the indentation (DIR and /DIR in HTML) to separate my words from the correspondents, excerpts, etc.
20 posted on 04/09/2005 12:00:14 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl (Please donate monthly to Free Republic!)
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