Boldface does look a little like shouting. Not as bad as all-caps though! Thank goodness we don't have too much of that.
Re (from Klayton, Post #30
"Long posts where the author doesn't break up the text into paragraphs often annoy me."
Yeah, I hate mile-long paragraphs ... gasp, feels like I'm running out of breath.
Re (from km34, Post #31
"Apparently this is often an issue when people post from their phones."
Still, I don't think that's always the case ... but maybe people are just used to not doing paragraph breaks, due to extensive experience texting on their phone?
On the other hand, I wish *everything*
didn't have to be done the same way it's done on a phone. If your keyboard has a carriage return key (the Enter key), please, use it!
I also personally prefer two carriage returns between paragraphs, though I know that's just me. Sure you can do one carriage return and indent (e.g. Tab). But it still seems visually easier for me to have a vertical space in between the paragraphs.
Just my preference!
Re (from Emm, Post #32
"I don't accept that as a reason. I've yet to encounter an internet-capable phone that doesn't allow the use of a carriage return character."
I take it it's from texting habits from before when any phones were able to "do" the internet. Plus maybe the carriage return isn't easily accessible on a phone? (Although, just because something is a habit, and easier, doesn't make it better.) I just know that it's very accessible from a computer keyboard, so. If you're at the computer ...
Shoot, I have a hard time reading my own messages if I don't break up the text. I cheat a little and use Notepad's automatic wrap-around "feature" to remind me of when I'm putting "too much" in one paragraph.
Unless my post is gonna be, like, one short sentence, I always type it in Notepad first (and save often). And I always proofread before submitting a post. I'm obsessive about that!
Of course, I live in the "old-fashioned world" ... computer only. I rarely text, and when I do, I try to submit the least amount of words possible (preferably one!). Ugh, I hate texting.