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    Exclamation A guide to writing subject lines for threads

    If youíre asking a question, put a question mark at the end of it.

    A full stop isnít a question mark.

    Donít put a full stop at the end of a subject line. Remember that youíre writing a headline, not a sentence.

    Donít put ellipses at the end. This isnít fucking Facebook.

    Donít put spaces between a punctuation mark and the last letter of the preceding word.

    Donít use multiple exclamation marks or question marks. Multiple marks donít make a sentence more of an exclamation or more of a question.

    Only use initial capital letters for the first word and proper nouns. Newspaper headlines use sentence case. You can too. I donít know who teaches using initial capitals for headlines. Perhaps the same drongo who promotes the use of two spaces after a full stop.

    Donít use words like ďtodayĒ or ďtomorrowĒ. If the subject line needs a date for clarity, put one in. Today will be yesterday tomorrow.

    Donít use fully-capitalised words. Shouting on the Internet and all that good practice stuff.

    A short headline is a great headline. Write your novel in the message section.
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    whats a ellipse

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimO View Post
    whats a ellipse
    A magical internet invention...
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    Ha...Thats true but life is full horrible choices sometimes Merv. Then sometimes just plain stuff happens... and then some more stuff happens.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitcher View Post
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    Don’t put ellipses at the end. .
    Don’t use multiple exclamation marks or question marks.
    ............................ the use of two spaces after a full stop.
    I will do as I please Mr Hitcher, Sir; you are NOT my mother.

    • Ellipses please me (either fore or aft)
    • I delight in multiples of exclamation and question marks ... (note ellipse ) they are shorthand for "You can't be SERIOUS?" or "WTF?" and, as such, are both delightful and invaluable.
    • Two spaces after a full stop was routinely taught when manual typewriters were in vogue - I am perturbed you don't recall that era ... I thought you were older than God, let alone manual typewriters? (Note I have restricted myself to a single question mark. To signal "You can't be SERIOUS?" or "WTF?" when discussing your advancing years would be both cruel and unmannerly )


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimO View Post
    whats a ellipse
    That's when the sun goes between the Earth and the Moon.
    Do you realise how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

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    This is like being back at fucking school.

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    Who do you think you are .... Hitcher .. ???






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    Quote Originally Posted by JimO View Post
    whats a ellipse
    Its like... e-mail, or e-commerce. or e-card! or e-con???? but softer to the touch and wetterrer
    I didn't think!!! I experimented!!!

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    I presume you all realise that, should you fail to comply with Mr. Hitcher's decrees, then the very fabric of the universe will be torn asunder. (It's tempting to stick an ellipsis in there innit?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitcher View Post
    If youíre asking a question, put a question mark at the end of it. Why.

    A full stop isnít a question mark. Isn't it...

    Donít put a full stop at the end of a subject line. Remember that youíre writing a headline, not a sentence. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use a ';' here & not a '.'

    Donít put ellipses at the end. This isnít fucking Facebook. How would you know? are you well versed in KB's sexual adventures?

    Donít put spaces between a punctuation mark and the last letter of the preceding word. Yea I can agree with this one

    Donít use multiple exclamation marks or question marks. Multiple marks donít make a sentence more of an exclamation or more of a question. Well they shouldn't make them a question at all really, should they!!!

    Only use initial capital letters for the first word and proper nouns. Newspaper headlines use sentence case. You can too. I donít know who teaches using initial capitals for headlines. Perhaps the same drongo who promotes the use of two spaces after a full stop. I'm Pretty Sure You Seem To Be Obsessed With Using '.' When You Should Be Using ';'

    Donít use words like ďtodayĒ or ďtomorrowĒ. If the subject line needs a date for clarity, put one in. Today will be yesterday tomorrow. Yea another I can agree with

    Donít use fully-capitalised words. Shouting on the Internet and all that good practice stuff. YEA, MUST SAY ALL CAPS DOESN'T LOOK GOOD & IS USUALLY IGNORED ANYWAYS DEFEATING IT'S ORIGINAL OBJECTIVE

    A short headline is a great headline. Write your novel in the message section. True dat!!!

    Yep, think that about covers it
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimO View Post
    whats a ellipse
    An Australian super models privates.
    Manopausal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimO View Post
    whats a ellipse
    a grammatical anomaly.

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    Bring back the interrobang!?
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