Dear all,

Please follow this posting guideline for the proper use of typography on the board. This information can also be found in the FAQ section.

Proper use of typography
  • Never use fonts bigger than 4. Fonts bigger than 3 are reserved for sub-titles and are not meant to be used for the post body. Alternatively, never use fonts smaller than 2.
  • Use the bold font to emphasize a word, not the entire post. Alternately, you can also use the [HL] and [highlight] tags (sparingly) to help emphasize a word or a phrase.
  • While you are allowed to use colors, please use it sparingly. When using colors other than the default, the output might be different on other devices. When we say sparingly, we mean DO NOT use it to color your entire post. When using colors for sub-headers or titles to emphasize a phrase or a line, DO NOT use pink or yellow or any other bright psychedelic colors.
  • Do not use the fonts tag as much as possible. Some folks might not have the fonts that are listed in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Do not capitalize all letters in your post. This is often interpreted as "shouting" in emails and other similar communication methods.
In short, the tools that allow you to change the appearance of your posts (bold, italic, underline, colors, font face) should be used sparingly and should only be used to emphasize a word or a phrase, not the entire post.

Quoting etiquette
  1. When quoting, only quote the portion of text that is actually relevant to what you are saying. If someone wrote a post that takes up half the page, and you quote the entirety immediately afterward, you're going to be wasting screen space, and your actual reply will be so far away we can't visually connect it with it's originating post. This makes things harder.

    "But Ketch! I need to address everything he/she said!" OK, fine. I do this a lot myself, so I know what you mean. I typically employ a couple of solutions to this:
    • Quote piecemeal. Even if you need to address an entire post, fine. Just quote the sections of it that are relevant to what you are saying right there as you compose your reply.
    • Use the @ convention. For example....if you want to address an entire post (or large section thereof) without actually quoting it, just say @{Original_Poster's_Username}: {reply}. If I really want to see his/her whole post, I can go back and read it. But it's already in the thread. We don't need to see it again. (NB: This convention also allows you to address multiple people individually, within the same post.
  2. We can follow a thread. We don't need you to nest the entire thread sixteen quotes deep (this usually builds up when you just hit "reply" and start typing). This is just tacky. Do us all a favor and use Quick Reply with the @ convention (see above), or do a quick select/backspace before you compose your reply.
Following these two guidelines will make things go much more like an actual conversation, save screen space, and allow us to navigate easier because there will be fewer pages involved (because smaller replies = more per page = fewer pages per thread).

Basically, we're asking that you consider the effects of your actions on the enjoyment of the thread by others.

This information can also be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section