Mandatory Style Elements

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Mandatory Style Elements

Postby jimh » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:50 pm

This article details the mandatory style elements for posting to the forum. Why are there mandatory style elements? The forum has mandatory style elements in order to make the text presentation more readable, to conform to conventions used in simple writing for centuries, and to avoid wearisome and generally annoying practices. Concise and clear writing is preferred over sloppy and ambiguous writing.

Posting to the forum should conform to a few very simple style elements, typically taught as common practices in English writing in elementary school education.

CAPITALIZATION--use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word of a sentence; use a capital letter in proper names; capitalize the personal pronound "I."

Examples:

PROPER USAGE: I have a Boston Whaler boat.
INCORRECT USAGE: i have a boston whaler.

PUNCTUATION--mark declarative sentences with a period. Mark interrogative sentences with a question mark. Do not use repeat punctuation marks.

Examples:

PROPER USAGE: The boat is a new model. Has anyone been aboard one?
INCORRECT USAGE: The boat is a new model???? Has anyone been aboard one...

An ellipsis can be used in quoted material to indicate an omitted section of the original material.

NOMENCLATURE: the name of elements of a boat or engine should use the proper nomenclature.

Examples:

PROPER USAGE: The anti-ventilation plate is running just at the waterline. The engine trim tab is straight.
INCORRECT USAGE: The cavitation plate is running just at the waterline. The little metal gizmo is straight.

For words with variant spellings, the spelling used by Boston Whaler is preferred.

Example: gunwale in preference to gunnel.

In general, misspelled words will be corrected without annotation.

REFERENCES TO PRONOUNS: avoid using "it", "he", "them", "they", and similar pronouns, especially when no antecedent noun has been used.

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Re: Mandatory Style Elements

Postby jimh » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:58 am

Posts will be routinely edited to:

--correct misspellings or errors in grammar;
--change sentence construction to more direct, more simple, and more concise expression, particularly to remedy the annoying modern practice of employing gerunds as the complement to the verb "to be";
--to eliminate questions which propose surveys of knowledge, such as "Does anybody know if...";
--to replace pronouns "it" and "they" with the actual antecedent nouns; this is done to improve search results. No one searches for the terms "it" or "they";
--to begin sentences with an initial capital letter of the initial word;
--to end sentences with a period, unless those sentences ask a question;
--to eschew use of exclamations unless truly necessary;
--to use initial capital letters for proper nouns and terms of art which otherwise might be confusing;
--to use a capital letter for the personal pronoun "I";
--to remove the punctuation mark "?" from sentences that are not questions;
--to add the punctuation mark "?" to sentences that are questions;


Changes to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are generally not denoted. Other changes are usually indicated by the square brackets, a practice in publishing that goes back several centuries.