Posting Style?

Posting Style - Community News, FAQ, Feedback - Posted: 14th Aug, 2004 - 2:55pm

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Post Date: 27th Jul, 2004 - 4:03am / Post ID: #

Posting Style?

I recently noticed that some users like to end their message with their name (either real or Username), no, their isn't a rule about that and neither am I against it, I was just merely mentioning it because it brings up the topic of style. Actually, I feel it gives a certain amount of originality to the message, but then again, why do they really do it? I mean it is obvious that the person writing the message is the same as the avatar or in the very least the username above the avatar - so why have it? Maybe it is their form of 'copyright'? Now, I am not talking about the message itself, but just the little 'add-ons' that people tend to put in it. Do you have a particular style? Here are some of the ones I have seen:

1. A rose made out of characters
2. The user's name
3. An array of dashes
4. A mystical statement
5. A brief explanation of how they feel such as, 'tired, going to bed'



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Post Date: 27th Jul, 2004 - 4:10am / Post ID: #

Style Posting

Well, I think you've seen mine a hundred or so times already:

"In my opinion, of course." Just a little disclaimer to keep myself out of too much hot water. :)

Roz



Post Date: 27th Jul, 2004 - 1:05pm / Post ID: #

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When I started here, I always ended my post with my name, but that is because I am so used to participating in email lists, rather than forums. Eventually, I realized how useless it was.

I used to really like the automated taglines that various email programs had in them. Many of the tags were hilarious.



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Post Date: 27th Jul, 2004 - 1:56pm / Post ID: #

Style Posting

I think maybe those who sometimes end with their name do it out of habit, like they do when the send an e-mail or letter. Perhaps posting on a forum is similiar to e-mailing in a sense so they end it that way. I think putting your name at the end adds somewhat of a personal touch. Also, when you don't use your real name as your screen name, but end your post with it, it does seem more personal to me.



Post Date: 28th Jul, 2004 - 12:16am / Post ID: #

Posting Style?

One one message board I posted at a while back, I began including my real name in the signature line along with a little note next to it, much like I do here. Then it was to fit into the sense of familiarity there was; a lot of the members used their real names rather than usernames they displayed.

Here, with my signature line, it's simply continuing the habit from back then. As it happens I was allowed to create 'Paul' as my name anyhow, so you all knew me as Paul from the start.



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Post Date: 14th Aug, 2004 - 3:33am / Post ID: #

Posting Style

I have never used my name to end posts because I learned a long time ago when I started using the Internet that ambiguity was the best medicine to stay healthy online. Does that make sense? Anyway, I know I can trust most everyone on this forum but I still hold true to that theory, in fact, I don't think I have mentioned my first name on any of my 600+ posts here! Is that impersonal, I don't think so. I think of it as precautionary. I don't go for the frillies either, a signature line is what I include in my emails, and I rarely ever change it. I guess I am just boring that way ;)



Post Date: 14th Aug, 2004 - 2:06pm / Post ID: #

Posting Style Community News FAQ & Feedback

I know exactly what you mean about the ambiguity and anonymity. I rarely, if ever mention very personal details in posts, but as I get to know and trust participants, I may offer my name in PMs or emails.

At the same time, my alter ego is quite well developed as NightHawk in a lot of different venues, including other forums and various email groups.



Post Date: 14th Aug, 2004 - 2:55pm / Post ID: #

Posting Style Community News FAQ & Feedback

Unfortunately in my field I cannot be 'hidden' too much. Most of my business comes from meeting people online and if I appear to be an unknown that operates with unreal names I will not get any clients. Of course I do not reveal everything critical, but just enough that people can feel both confident and comfortable that I will not give them a 6 for a 9. At the same time I show everyone that I am no respecter of persons and seek to ensure the rules of the site. This is no easy task - many get offended - some leave and so on, but from long years of experience I know it is better to always be neutral so that no feels you are favoring one person over another.



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