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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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To: thoughtomator

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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To: BJungNan
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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To: BJungNan
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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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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 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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To: FreedomCalls
Just don't use that danged "blink" tag!

 But this is so much more fun! 

41 posted on 04/09/2005 12:08:09 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: 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

Do you mean like this?

42 posted on 04/09/2005 12:08:21 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate". NYTimes)
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To: BJungNan
Placing the original passage being replied to in italics requires the poster to use HTLM throughout the entire post

Using the more conventional > mark, like email does, prevents this problem.... and they can be "stacked"

Example;

>>Clinton is a Bozo (original post)

>I agree (first reply)

But his wife is worse (new reply)

43 posted on 04/09/2005 12:08:48 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 meant never having to say I was sorry......)
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To: Normal4me
This thread is cracking me up ...

If I was really mean I would leave my <strike> tag open! ;)
44 posted on 04/09/2005 12:09:02 PM PDT by melbell (A Freudian slip is when you mean one thing, and say your mother)
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To: thoughtomator
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.

Yes, that is much easier.

45 posted on 04/09/2005 12:09:48 PM PDT by bjs1779 ( I have heard her say “mommy” from time to time, & “momma,”& "also said “help me” Cna H. Law '97)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan
A+
46 posted on 04/09/2005 12:09:54 PM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: thoughtomator
Ack!

Look what your post did to me!


47 posted on 04/09/2005 12:10:26 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Donate or the bunny is stew! Or donate and we stew the bunny. To Stew or Not To Stew your choice!)
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To: MindBender26
Placing the original passage being replied to in italics requires the poster to use HTLM throughout the entire post

Yes, but there is one thing FReepers are not and that is they are not lazy.

48 posted on 04/09/2005 12:11:33 PM PDT by BJungNan (gogov.com - Make it your home page. I did!)
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To: BJungNan

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49 posted on 04/09/2005 12:12:28 PM PDT by T'wit (Anyone who gets in touch with his inner child will be spanked and sent to his room without dinner.)
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To: melbell

all your replies are belong to us


50 posted on 04/09/2005 12:12:34 PM PDT by ChadsDad (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.)
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