Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
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Conventions.

Asterisks are used to denote emphasis in a plaintext environment.

Parenthetical statements are denoted with (oh dear gods) *parentheses*!


Therefore, if I wish to *emphasize* a word or two, I do it like *this*, and if I wish to make an aside in a sentence (such as giving the reader more information when using commas would be confusing) I put it between parentheses.


So, dear community member, if you use asterisks to provide me with background information on something I probably should know *there are at least two people who do it in communities I participate in, and I hold rank in one of those communities* then I will think that either you are an idiot, or *if I already know that you are an intelligent person* I will think that you've been poorly educated.

Above sentence was an example of how *not* to use parentheses and asterisks. It should read as follows:
So, dear community member, if you use asterisks to provide me with background information on something I probably should know (there are at least two people who do it in communities I participate in, and I hold rank in one of those communities) then I will think that either you are an idiot, or (if I already know that you are an intelligent person) I will think that you've been poorly educated.



This has been a community service announcement from the Grammar Bitch, who at least makes an effort to correct herself when someone points out that she's wrong (and welcomes polite notices to that effect).
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