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October 03, 2019, 08:24:20 AM
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There's a purpose all the simplest feature that help communication become effective are present on the message box. If there wasn't a need for them then the forum won't have had those features on the message box. You aren't here to please anyone with your style of writing although don't abuse or over use them. Make use of those features (e.g bold, emojis, color or glows etc), when the need arises.

Sometimes I just want to get the point a post is trying to pass across without having to read through the whole reply or by just skimming the post. Having users highlight important point either through bolding or glows, make it a little easier for the main message to be spotted and intend information get passed across.

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October 03, 2019, 09:07:00 AM
Last edit: October 03, 2019, 09:22:57 AM by The-One-Above-All
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LOL

The poster is presenting you with the opportunity of reading their output. If they feel part of it worthy of bold then they will use it.

Of course ALL BOLD is going to make it harder to read, but selectively using bold for what they consider important is actually very useful and can SAVE YOU TIME.

Anyway what's the hurry for someone retired who hangs out in mc donalds all day?

We hardly bold anything, It is far quicker to slap caps lock down and off.

People tell us all the time " we never read your long winded junk"  then somehow they know every detail we have posted lol.

If it is interesting to them, people read it bold or no bold.

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October 03, 2019, 09:16:43 AM
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@theymos, also doing what you don't like, bold, color, and images.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1969978.msg19602960#msg19602960

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1993570.msg19915797#msg19915797

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3409121.msg35683468#msg35683468

I myself often use uppercase letters, images and colors.

However, if it is used in a particular area of ​​each post, I think it does not matter, to make it easier to read each purpose of a particular topic.
In my opinion, if it's not excessive.

Excluded, color blind people.

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October 03, 2019, 09:40:22 AM
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I don't see a problem in using bold text for single words or parts of a sentence to put more emphasize on it. What I don't like to see is an entire paragraph in bold and even less a completely capitalized post. I have no problems with different colors either especially red which can be used as a warning.

I use bold to emphasize a point or italicized text with quotes when copying or answering to a specific part in a post. 

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October 03, 2019, 09:43:52 AM
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Naturally, there are side effects if we abuse or overuse something, bold, glow, italicization, capitalization, colors, emoticons, quotes. Each effects/ features have their specific use-cases, and if we use them relevantly in context, they will do show their best effects. If we use them irrelevantly, they will do show side-effects.




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October 03, 2019, 10:09:57 AM
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In my opinion, there is nothing wrong in highlighting the text which are important. Bold texts are usually used to highlight the important texts in a paragraph. If the paragraph is lengthy, then highlighting the important points will be good and easy to read. If the texts are lengthy and plain, it will make the users boring to read. Also, I agree that using the Bold characters very often in a paragraph will not be good. It should be used where it is relevant.

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October 03, 2019, 10:11:50 AM
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Bold words in a sentence quite helpful if the post is too long to read but if people are doing it such nonsense way then better ignore that comment/thread.

For me increasing the font size quite annoying over bold text.

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October 03, 2019, 10:27:01 AM
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Why forum have this option like bold color and so on? Because it's for use where you need.

I skip over such posts, and very rarely do I read the content. Am I alone in this?
Most likely you only, because I do not skip if bold is on appropriate places. If someone bold total topic or user color then its matter of skip. Sometimes its bit important to use bold or color on the post in order to highlight or make point. So I wouldn't if there is mind such as post.

Nevermind if you like to skip, OP only lose a single reader, nothing else.

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Can you give some contexts for this? What kind of post?
I stumbled upon this example:
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I'd say this is incorrect use of bold font, because I instantly stopped reading.

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I'd say this is incorrect use of bold font, because I instantly stopped reading.

I guess this is what JetCash means when he said "bold text in your posts."

But hey, does it matter? It seems like people are posting based on their assumptions and lecture Jet Cash about posting style.

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But hey, does it matter?

I've selected this sentence as an example of a good construction.

When one is learning to read, then one looks at individual letters, and those are built into a word. Then one moved on the next string of letters.  Pretty soon, one starts to recognise strings of letters as words, and the word is no longer a string of letters, but an easily recognised image. If one spends a lot of time reading, then certain word combinations become recognisable as a phrase image, and this speeds up the reading process considerably. When I look at the quoted sentence, I see two images  - "But Hey" and "does it matter". The comma makes this even simpler. Text such as "does it matter" is recognised as 3 images, and therefore slows down to reading process, whilst it adds nothing to the message impact.

On scanning a thread, a post presents a single image for my evaluation. If it a wall of text, or has other characteristics that are likely to slow down the reading, then the probability is that I will skip over it. Of course there are exceptions. I realise that I could be missing the chance to read an interesting opinion,but I have found that as a general rule, formatted posts contain lower value content ( in my opinion).  Let me provide an analogy. If you are selling karate and kung fu equipment, then you don't paint your shop pink, and fill the window with Barbie dolls. You may have the best equipment at the lowest prices, but most material artists are likely to walk past your shop and go elsewhere. I appreciate that such a window could be attractive to a specialist market, but as a general rule photographs of Ip Man, Bruce Lee, or nunchaku, butterfly knives, or a wooden man will attract a wider audience.

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October 04, 2019, 06:58:03 AM
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But hey, does it matter?
Bold is not a matter, but how people use bold is a true matter (when, where and how they use bold).

Well-structured, and well-composed posts don't need bold texts. I imply texts in paragraphs, not in ordinal contents if someone writes a long topic or a lecture here.

I don't think there are serious things to discuss we should use bold or should not use it. In international English tests, like IELTS, people don't have to bold their texts just to catch attention of markers and increase their odds to have higher scores.

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October 04, 2019, 08:18:14 AM
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I only tend to use it for single words, like when I'm quoting someone and I want to draw attention to one specific word they've said.
I can't just quote the single word, since I'd lose the context, but making it bold usually works.

Other than that, it still has its place in a good thread, only if used very sparingly though.

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But hey, does it matter?
Well-structured, and well-composed posts don't need bold texts.

In international English tests, like IELTS, people don't have to bold their texts just to catch attention of markers and increase their odds to have higher scores.

For the first sentence in the quoted rely above, i beg to differ with your school of thought as a well-structured and composed thread can still be characterized or identified based on the proper used of writing equipment made available by the forum which bold is one of those.

As for the second sentence, to my understanding this isn't a formal platform where everyone expects the discussion and style of writing to be so professional or queen-like. This is an informal forum were every style of writing probably is welcomed but still I'm advocating for those feature to be misused or abused.

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October 04, 2019, 11:23:50 AM
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Bold or colored sentenses are the first thing that catch the readers attention especially when it is a long post.
Reader will unconsciously focus on those parts because he believes it will make him quickly understand  what the post is about.
It is like when someone is speaking and suddenly changes his tone. bold = loud tone.

A long text without special formatting is the same as monotonous speech, both are boring.

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I am fine with bold letters as long as they are used properly, for example, to highlight important points. But, if whole topic is in bold letters it puts me off.

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Bold or colored sentenses are the first thing that catch the readers attention especially when it is a long post.
Reader will unconsciously focus on those parts because he believes it will make him quickly understand  what the post is about.
It is like when someone is speaking and suddenly changes his tone. bold = loud tone.

A long text without special formatting is the same as monotonous speech, both are boring.

Well this is my belief so you and I agree on this.  And yet  jet cash does not agree with us. Along with some others.

This is why we as people have fights wars grudges etc. 

I do think bold type is not worth fighting over. At least compared to other stuff.

I see BTC as the super highway and alt coins as taxis and trucks needed to move transactions.
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For the first sentence in the quoted rely above, i beg to differ with your school of thought as a well-structured and composed thread can still be characterized or identified based on the proper used of writing equipment made available by the forum which bold is one of those.

As for the second sentence, to my understanding this isn't a formal platform where everyone expects the discussion and style of writing to be so professional or queen-like. This is an informal forum were every style of writing probably is welcomed but still I'm advocating for those feature to be misused or abused.
Overusing tool will make posts more annoying!

Every tool has a useful feature for very special situations. If people use tool appropriately in context, and at acceptable intensity, don't overuse it, tool will give positive effects in general. In contrast, overusing them will cause adverse effects.

Tools (bold, color, glow, underline, italicization, capitalization) are helpful supplementary things, but they are not must one that writers have to use repeatedly; and overuse should be avoided.

In some high standard English test, like IELTS, writers have to make their essays as succinctly as possible. That is what I wrote as well-structured, and well-composed.

If people don't have to use bold in IELTS test to emphasize their ideas, they don't have to use bold in the forum. It is obviously that they can use bold, but it is not a must thing. I use bold too, in some situations.

The most causes that lead posters to make bold here is they naively think that using bold will help their posts become more interesting, and get more attention from readers. They don't know the fact that if readers see a post which totally in bold, they will ignore it (me too).

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October 05, 2019, 05:33:09 AM
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I find it slows down my reading quite considerably. Presumably you want people to read your post - well bold and coloured text is non-standard, and it slows down reading for those of us who are busy, and have other interests. If you want your message to get maximum exposure, then please treat the forum as a collection of message boards, and not as a place to practice design exercises.

I skip over such posts, and very rarely do I read the content. Am I alone in this?
I think you're in the minority here. If you talk about colour text, fine. But you can't really say for sure that.bold prints are disgusting (you may personally find them so but it shouldn't be a generalization). I use bold texts from time to time and it's for stylistics and desired effect. And like other posters opined, this should be used with discretion.

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October 05, 2019, 05:54:02 AM
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Some of you aren't picking up the point. We don't all have time to read all the posts in a thread, and thus we have to skip read. If we have to hunt for a reply because of the bad use of quoting, or we cannot gain a quick appreciation of a post, then we just skip the post. Too many of these distractions mean that we may exit the thread, and never revisit it. I have put members who frequently produce distracting posts on ignore. This may not longer be important as I have reduced my merit awarding due to time pressures. The point that I was trying to make is that a single emboldened word turns a single image phrase into a sequence of 3 images. This may not be significant for people who don't have English as a first language, but for those of us who have to scan text quickly, it is an annoyance.

Printed articles in the quality newspapers are displayed in columns, and one reason for this is to allow for fast scanning of the text. If you watch the eyes of most readers, they will move from left to right as they read the article. However, the eyes of a news analyst will have virtually no sideways movement, but they just scan scan down the column. This is because they are able to extract the content of a complete line from a single image. You will also notice that newspapers tend to use left and right justification, and to avoid splitting words over two lines - this is another aid to fast reading.

In this age of information overload, it is worth trying to speed up the processes of information gathering. For example, I have helped a couple of people who felt they had to repeat the words silently as they red them. You can recognise this if you watch their lips as they are reading.  Helping them to skip this spoken stage increases their reading speed quite dramatically.

When making post, don't write them for yourself, but construct them for your target audience. That way you will get the maximum exposure for your message. One of the problems with sig spammers is that they aren't interested in their audience, they just want to get a word string into a thread to meet their quota. Make sure that your posts rise about the polluting effluent of the sig spammers.

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