I'm going to put this in the FAQ section.In an off-site exchange, someone commented that my citing things other people wrote and commenting on them, using bold and italic, was annoying or off-putting.That got me thinking, and I'm going to post guidelines for quoting, and differentiating between quotes, showing emphasis, and using emoticons or smileys.QUOTINGLet's say that StarWarriorRe writes this:Michaelangelo was curled up in the watch cap I was knitting - he looked so cute!And Raggmopp replies:Aha! A Cat in a Hat!TMF2Aruba graces the board with his presence and types:Hey, wait! That was my line!Let's say, reading all this, I want to comment on the entire exchange, quoting all three and then adding this comment:Grrrroannnn! That's too punny for words!How do you differentiate the three quotes?Well, HTML codes as used by TMF allow you to use bold, italic, or bold and italic.For bold you type the following symbols without spaces before your post: < b > (then you type < / b > after the post to take the bold off.)For italic you type the following symbols without spaces before your post: < i > (then you type < / i > after the post to take the italic off.)For bold and italic you type < b >< i > and < / b >< / i >In the case above, I want to quote all three, so here's what I do:< i >Michaelangelo was curled up in the watch cap I was knitting - he looked so cute! (this puts SWR's comments into italics)< b >Aha! A Cat in a Hat!< / i> (adding the code for bold puts Mr. Moppe's comments in italicized bold)Hey, wait! That was my line!< / b > (cutting off the italic code at the end puts Tony's comments into pure bold)Grrrroannnn! That's too punny for words! (No codes, so the text is standard)It ends up looking like this:Michaelangelo was curled up in the watch cap I was knitting - he looked so cute!Aha! A Cat in a Hat!Hey, wait! That was my line!Grrrroannnn! That's too punny for words!EMPHASISIf you want to add emphasis, you can use bold or italic or bold and italic codes, as you wish:no, < i >no!< / i > < b >NO!! < i >NO!!!< / B >< / I >becomes no, no! NO!! NO!!! when you take out the spaces.Some people use capitals, some bracket the words with * *. It's a matter of preference.EmoticonsAlso known as 'smileys', these are the keystrokes that show smiles :), frowns :( , winks ;) and various emotions in between: ;P :* ;D, etc. There are internet lists of smileys, and some of them are pretty nifty. Some advice that I wish I could remember to follow myself: always preview your post to make sure you 'closed' the commands and haven't had the emphasis 'bleed' into the rest of the post. It can lead to some problems when people are trying to figure out what you're saying.Also: even using codes and smileys, it's important to remember that you are not speaking with the person and can't really gauge what he or she is saying.
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