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.