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        08-02-2013, 12:05 AM
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    Why the need to change your font at all? I can't imagine doing that to every single post I make
         
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        08-02-2013, 12:05 AM
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    Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    
    I didn't realize the purple offended anyone.
    It was hugely annoying to read. Thank you for changing it. It would be great if you could change it to not bold too. We tend to just all talk, as none are more important than anyone else, and bold the odd important word.

    Thank you.
         
        08-02-2013, 12:06 AM
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    Originally Posted by alexischristina    
    Why the need to change your font at all? I can't imagine doing that to every single post I make
    It's ok, she's changed it back. I was annoyed too, but it's changed.
         
        08-02-2013, 12:09 AM
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    Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    

    And no, no one in particular has upset me. Again, I'm sorry, and no, I do not like drama, I found the jokes thread, and decided to post on it.

    You do not like drama? Yet you post a very long description of the misdeeds of your "friend"? Sorry, but the opposite of drama would be discretion. This is a public forum. Anonymity is great, but discretion is better.

    Yes, bolded purple text is like saying, "look at me, look at me, look at me". Can turn people off.
    Save the bold and the color for highlights, so we'll know that there is something important there
         
        08-02-2013, 12:09 AM
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    I just read that you have a daughter in your other thread, so you would likely be at least 25, I am shocked. I would have assumed from the purple font that you were 13-15 too.

    Am also shocked that you would think people are ignoring you, and have a little rant about it - as you are an adult.

    You know for a second I thought you were talking about me. Sheesh. No daughters here.
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        08-02-2013, 12:14 AM
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    Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    
    I didn't realize the purple offended anyone.
    Offended? Probably not. But it does make what you write harder to read, as does the bolded text and the lack of line breaks and white space. (On a more positive note, your spelling's fine!)

    These sound like trivial things, but on a text-based forum, that's all anyone has to go by. A busy forum like Horseforum has a LOT of stuff posted to it all the time, and it'd be a full-time job to keep up with everything that appears here. As a result, readers will pick-and-choose what they're going to read, because they don't have time to read all of it. There are some things you can do that will make your threads/posts less likely to be skimmed past:

    Firstly, as folk have mentioned, make your text easily readable. Don't fancify it - just go with the bog standard default black text. No bolding, no tweaking of size or font, just the basic stuff. It's a LOT easier to read, especially if you write a long post, or your readers have imperfect vision (as many folk do).

    And secondly, as someone else mentioned up-thread, use nice meaningful thread titles when you start a thread. I gather that you have a horse called Mystery? Well, that's great, but if you want to ask a question about... oh, I dunno, what to feed your horse, then if you title the thread thread something like "what should I feed my horse?" it's a lot easier for readers to see that there's a specific question that they could answer than if you call the thread "Feeding Mystery". Nobody (who hasn't read the thread) knows your horse is called Mystery, and the thread title is kind of vague and ambiguous without that information. I can't speak for other folk, but I'm FAR more likely to check out a thread if I can see from the title what it's about. Threads with titles like "I think I might...." get completely ignored by me. What's it about? Who cares, when there's a ton of more obviously interesting stuff competing for my (limited) time and attention.

    Does that make sense? Anyway, I hope it helps. I'm mostly lurking here on HF, but I've spent MANY years being very actively involved in other online forums, and these are things I've found that are really helpful.
         
        08-02-2013, 12:15 AM
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    Originally Posted by alexischristina    

    You know for a second I thought you were talking about me. Sheesh. No daughters here.
    Sorry. Wasn't talking about you at all.
         
        08-02-2013, 12:18 AM
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    StormCloud, that was brilliant.
         
        08-02-2013, 12:18 AM
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    Cowgirllinda- Going back to the ignoring you thing..I agree that no one really does that on here. I personally have seen a few of your posts but never had anything beneficial to add to the discussion so I simply did not post anything.

    I know in my own case I will sometimes view a thread I find interesting, and keep up with the replies even if I do not actually post something myself. I find its a great way to learn about things I knew absolutely nothing about!
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        08-02-2013, 02:05 AM
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    StormCloud, that was brilliant.

    I second this!
         

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