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I followed the link to the guidelines that you just provided to Texas Jack and it may (or may not) surprise you that I had never read them before. I just rely on my own sense of decency to guide me and it serves me well in most cases.
Well... I still haven't read them,
I got through the first 30 lines or so before just scanning the rest of the way and deciding that it was going to be way too much work for me to parse that out in a way that my brain can absorb it. The guidelines are written in a fashion similar to the terms and conditions that many organizations publish. In the case of Ts & Cs, they are done that way on purpose to discourage people from actually reading or truly understanding them (along with using microscopic fonts). I don't believe that is the intent here.
I took technical writing classes in college but that was so long ago that I cannot quote all of the rules and/or suggestions but one that I am always conscious of is: You need to provide adequate empty space between thoughts and paragraphs to give the reader a chance to catch their breath, ponder, and understand what they have just read. The forum guidelines I just looked at are in desperate need of empty spaces.
If you were to poll your local community, you may find someone that does technical writing for a living or sideline and might be willing to do some editing.
Anyway, I hope that you will accept this bit of criticism in the friendly manner in which it is intended. I chose to present this privately in light of the current climate and didn't want to provide some folks with more stuff to rant about.
I do want you to remember and consider that many of us truly appreciate the work that you and the others volunteer to do for the benefit of all. I don't always agree with you but then, I never always agree with anyone. (not even myself ) I am not trying to be sycophantic! (I learned a new word today and I'm practicing using it in a sentence. )
Now! back away from that computer! Grab your guns and ammo and go shoot something! (inanimate, of course)
You did not Private Message me. This message is on my profile for all to see. As is this answer.
I agree wholeheartedly that the Guidelines are hard to read. I also agree about the empty (I learned it as white) space. I am well versed in Business Communication and Technical Writing. I have a 1998 BS (LOL) in Business Administration (Accountancy Concentration) and at my last job, took several classes in technical writing. I just do not choose to spend more time than I already do on the Wire.
I've searched and searched; but cannot find it. Someone, rewrote the Guidelines in an easier to read format. I sent it to HQ and nothing happened.
Thank you for your message!
It started as a private message but after typing all that and clicking send, I was informed you could not receive it. Box full maybe? Don't know...
Tried it this way and I supposed it's reasonably private in that someone would have to visit your profile to see it. It was never meant to be 'secret' just didn't want it to be 'fuel'.
I was not suggesting that you could not do a better job of writing that stuff, in fact I was quite certain you could even without knowing your educational background. I just wasn't about to suggest that you (personally) should because of what you just confirmed, you do spend more than enough time with this and you've taken it on as a job. As for myself, this is just infotainment.
Over the few years I've come here, I have seen many people make some offense and be told to go and read the guidelines and now I wonder if the suggestion was meant as punishment. Just kidding.However; should it ever become my turn, please just make me go sit in the corner.