Are brief, one-paragraph posts best on WP?

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11 Jul 2019, 8:25 am

There are times when substantial text is needed to convey a specific idea; a generalized accounting of the idea would not work in these instances. Let's face it: some ideas are complex, and need to be explained in a thorough manner.

Still, the key is to divide specific ideas into sentences and paragraphs. "One wall of text" does not work.

Imagine trying to read "War in Peace" when there are no paragraphs, only "wall of text?"



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11 Jul 2019, 8:30 am

Introductions, including summaries of one's life with suspected or diagnosed ASDs, are worthy of more lengthy posts.

Most of the time, my posts are short ones. I will post something about cats or my favorite tennis players, or something else on a topic of interest.



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11 Jul 2019, 8:35 am

Walls of text are a nightmare and as a non-native speaker I struggle with the... eccentric grammar some (native 8O ) speakers have, but I still appreciate it a lot when people write something of substance.

I love concision and precision, but as Kraftie said some ideas require more detail.


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11 Jul 2019, 8:39 am

Walls of text are indeed a nightmare, even for those whose English language understanding is good. I tend to skim the "wall of text" posts. As Kraftie said, posts are much easier to read if they are organized into paragraphs.



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11 Jul 2019, 8:47 am

BenderRodriguez wrote:
as a non-native speaker I struggle with the... eccentric grammar some (native 8O ) speakers have

Me too, definitely! Sometimes I don't even try to understand some posts.


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11 Jul 2019, 8:59 am

IstominFan wrote:
Walls of text are indeed a nightmare, even for those whose English language understanding is good. I tend to skim the "wall of text" posts. As Kraftie said, posts are much easier to read if they are organized into paragraphs.

Not to nitpick but I have excellent understanding of correct English :lol:


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11 Jul 2019, 9:00 am

magz wrote:
BenderRodriguez wrote:
as a non-native speaker I struggle with the... eccentric grammar some (native 8O ) speakers have

Me too, definitely! Sometimes I don't even try to understand some posts.


I became reluctant to ask for clarification, some people are very sensitive about it :(


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11 Jul 2019, 9:01 am

Proper punctuation is also very important.

Certain phrases mean something different when there is a comma than when there isn't a comma.



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11 Jul 2019, 9:02 am

I can inhale content by thumbing through books so it isn't a factor in whether I reply.



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11 Jul 2019, 12:17 pm

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Yes, short posts that make a clear point are definitely preferable.

And above all, if a post needs to be longer, it should be broken up into short paragraphs. The most daunting thing of all, I think, is a long post that takes the form of a single, uninterrupted paragraph.


Yes!

Related: Discussion-threads of around two-dozen posts (as of this writing) seem optimum; that is not too many posts to be overwhelming; yet not too few posts which contain too little in the way of ample feedback.



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11 Jul 2019, 4:24 pm

Indeed you do, BenderRodriguez. You write very well.