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Brevity in Online Forum or Blog Posting a Relevant Tactic


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Often we see folks posting in online forums or on Blogs and sometimes it goes on for some 1,000 words, now in most cases this is over-stepping the bounds of online forum etiquette because people do not wish to read that much. Unless of course the comments are very viable and worthy and on topic and those in the online forum are dedicated to the dialogue, then it makes a lot of sense.

Moderators must watch when folks start writing too much and get too far off topic because it can be disruptive and the more that is written the more chances of hurt feelings, psychological attacks and the disrespected will seek revenge in reciprocal responses and then well all communication can break down. Indeed the debate against brevity is that the dialogues become superficial in nature and that is the opposite side of the spectrum. One online forum participant states:

Brief to me means superficial. I dance the tango! Not the fox trot!

Such a comment is a real problem for a moderator of an online forum or Blog. This of course is pure arrogance and ego talking and the poster is saying in reality:

I have a "Right" to say what I want and use as many words as I want, because my words are important and I want to be heard.

Never mind the fact that if you need that much space you most likely need to go back and take English Writing Course 101 if you are unable to clear a single thought within 4 paragraphs or less. If you are involved in online forum moderation, these are things you will have to deal with and I wish you good luck indeed.

L. Winslow is an Economic Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entreprenuer . Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.


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