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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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To: The_Victor
An don't forget to close your tags. :)

That was fun when someone would set off the whole rest of a thread in bold until someone switched it off.

21 posted on 04/09/2005 12:00:31 PM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: thoughtomator

no


22 posted on 04/09/2005 12:00:50 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: umbagi

Oh, do NOT go there............


23 posted on 04/09/2005 12:01:14 PM PDT by Skooz (Host organism for the State parasite)
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To: Publius6961
"Separate" is spelled wrong.

There is not spell checker in the post article function. Besides, this thread it not about spelling! Or at least it wasn't.

24 posted on 04/09/2005 12:01:59 PM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: BJungNan

Not nearly as much fun as setting font size to 24pt


25 posted on 04/09/2005 12:02:19 PM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: BJungNan
And remember to use distinctive fonts to make your post stand out from the crowd!
26 posted on 04/09/2005 12:02:25 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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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. Somewhere on here is an html sandbox (perhaps someone can offer up that link).

Here you go,HTML Bootcamp

27 posted on 04/09/2005 12:03:00 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: BJungNan

Ahh, those were the days!


28 posted on 04/09/2005 12:03:09 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: BJungNan

Fussy Fussy..I just learned how to do the italics thing. Thanks for that info though. I need to exercise my brain and learn new things.


29 posted on 04/09/2005 12:03:16 PM PDT by queenkathy (Can't think of anything cute for my tagline)
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To: The_Victor

Those were the days!


30 posted on 04/09/2005 12:03:44 PM PDT by Lil'freeper
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To: BJungNan

I shake my fist at your grammatical hegemony!


31 posted on 04/09/2005 12:04:20 PM PDT by MisterRepublican
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To: thoughtomator
But isn't this much more aesthetically pleasing?

I prefer mine. This color reminds me of the B210 Honey Bee.

32 posted on 04/09/2005 12:04:40 PM PDT by D Rider
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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).

< P >

Show your reply in regular text. !!! ;-))

33 posted on 04/09/2005 12:04:43 PM PDT by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!! -- Impeach Greer !!!.)
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To: thoughtomator
Poor color choice. Try again.

34 posted on 04/09/2005 12:05:30 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra [https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate])
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To: BJungNan
That was fun when someone would set off the whole rest of a thread in bold until someone switched it off.

Good times!

35 posted on 04/09/2005 12:05:46 PM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: BJungNan

Sheesh! Need we be so militant? I think it a good thing that we have so much "diversity" in the way we Freepers reply.


36 posted on 04/09/2005 12:05:49 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Dog Gone
Somewhere along in this thread someone is going to bring up Marv. For those of you that have not met him yet...


37 posted on 04/09/2005 12:05:53 PM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: BJungNan

Just don't use that danged "blink" tag!


38 posted on 04/09/2005 12:06:40 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BJungNan
 But this is so much more fun! 

39 posted on 04/09/2005 12:07:01 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: Publius6961
Separate" is spelled wrong.

Really? It's first choice on our spell check :')

40 posted on 04/09/2005 12:07:09 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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