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Dec 17, 2012 09:40 AM

The capitalization of NOT


Does this bother anyone else? To me, it's worse Board Etiquette than using Caps Lock and yelling out the entire post.

  1. Yes, it infuriates me. Rude bastards.

    1. Along with BEST, WORST, AUTHENTIC, and REAL, just to name a few????? With a million question marks???????? Annoying I agree.

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      1. re: Samalicious

        I would just like to say this is NOT a problem with me! Ok??????????

        1. re: jrvedivici

          I would like to point out that your post would have been much more effective had you followed standard practice to use multiple exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          For the record: all posts by me on this thread ARE intended as sarcasm.

          1. re: kengk

            I CONCUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (better?)

      2. We deliberately chose to make posting on Chowhound a pretty plain text experience, not offering the ability to change fonts, sizes, colors, etc. But some people do want to denote emphasis in their writing, and all caps is one of those ways. Personally, I like to emphasize things like *this*, but I don't attach more or less meaning to ways other people do it.

        I often say here on Site Talk that we encourage people to read everyone else's posts as charitably as possible, assuming good faith and pleasant, friendly tone unless there's explicit reason not to. This is one of those instances where it can help -- just assume they're adding emphasis in the way that makes the most sense to them and they intend nothing more angry or aggravated than that.

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        1. re: Jacquilynne

          Do you support <em>emphasis</em> in HTML? Evidently not. Why not?

        2. one or two words for emphasis in a sentence? No biggie, especially since it's not possible to use italics, boldface, or underlines.

          Entire sentences and/or paragraphs? Ugh.

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          1. re: sunshine842

            As mature adults, it is up to us to look at the message contained in the post and make the decision of whether or not the emphasis should bother us that day, just like every other decision we make in the course of a day.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Well said. Whomever wrote that has a lot of sense.

          2. Hell, I hate any poor use of grammar, punctuation, or capitalization I see. On any website. But, then I realize, it's SO insignificant.

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            1. re: MGZ

              I agree. I try to go with Jacquilynne's "read everything in the most charitable light" philosophy. You are only hurting yourself if you let get worked up or stew over something so trivial.

              As for capitalizing "not" -- it's an important word, and one that can easily be overlooked (I publish state regulations, and we once got an error report that the word "not" was missing from a regulation; on further research it turned out it had been missing for almost 30 years!). I don't have a problem with it being capitalized for emphasis.