posted by dramallama56
So anyways, the thing I'm going to lecture you kiddies about today is, using proper grammar and spelling and punctuation in your writing. This is quite important, if you want respect for jobs in the future, for typing a formal writing piece, and also just gaining respect from you fellow internet-goers. Before I used good typing, people on sites looked down on me for my typing and writing. No joke, they refused to read my stuff. Since then, I have learned to use good punctuation, spelling, grammar etc.
So you may be wondering: Why do I care about any of this?? Well, here's why: I'M NOT GOING TO RESPECT YOU UNLESS YOU USE GOOD GRAMMAR. And other people won't either. So, now that I've made my point, I'm going to give you tips in your internet writing:
1. Always use spell check, when possible. My internet has a spell check built in (I use firefox, I dunno if everyone has it who uses firefox but it's very handy) so that tends not to be a problem for me. But if you're going to go write something longer than a sentence or two on a site, it doesn't hurt to open up Word and run spell check. You WILL benefit from it. And appear to be quite intelligent.
2. CUTTING DOWN ON INTERNET SLANG: Now, I'm about to teach you this vital trick. USE FULL WORDS. When it comes time to type that LA essay, you will be a better typist AND it'll save a lot of editing for you. As said before, some internet slang (like lol) doesn't really have a substitute. Well, instead of replying with lol sometimes, try saying "that made me laugh" or "that's funny". But really, honestly, lol should ONLY be used in internet conversation. If you're using it in an essay, then we don't care if what you said is funny. If we think it's funny, we'll laugh and "lol" you.
Now, others are quite obvious. What and wut. n2m to nothing much. It make take seconds more to type, but it's easier to understand and just all around better. For example, one of my friends types with no capitalization or punctuation. His sentences are impossible to understand, because I hafta find the breaks by myself, which isn't always so easy. Here's an example of something he once said "ya these seats are nice look at this a cup holder it goes up and down kool" Which would be read as one long sentence but was intended as "ya these seats are nice. look at this a cup holder. it goes up and down . kool." By me simply placing in periods, I made all the difference. Now, watch what happens when I add good spelling "Yeah, these seats are nice. Look at this cup holder. It goes up and down. Cool." Look just how far we've come from "ya these seats are nice look at this a cup holder it goes up and down kool" It makes all the difference.
I have been noticing this as a problem on Fanpop recently. In fact, I just did a pick where there were no real words and/or spelling, all net slang. I couldn't understand a single thing written in the pick, and therefore, couldn't make my pick. Come on guys, using good spelling and grammar isn't that hard. It's something you need to learn in order to get respect from others. Please, take this into consideration and actually use it more than normal. The world will thank you.
posted by Jonapello23
So we, as users, take a lot from Fanpop every day. We watch videos, we take quiz's, share awesome links, etc. We all have gained something from Fanpop, whether it be a funny video, or a cool new website. So I was thinking that perhaps maybe once a month, if even that, a mass majority (as many users we can get) would all add one thing. Whether it be a video, a quiz, a soapbox, or even just a link, we would all be giving back. I was thinking that it could be the first of every month. Maybe even a time could be assigned to that date, which would allow other users to get to know each other and thread the community together. Perhaps at Four PM EST, we would all add something to Fanpop. I know many of you add items everyday but this would let less-contributing users thoughts be heard. These users could become hooked on Fanpop and then that's +1 more dedicated fan. I don't know if this would take off, but if it does, it could be great. Please just leave a comment.