I don't get why people find it offensive, but it can be kind of annoying when people write EVERYTHING in capital letters. Like I WENT TO THE MALL YESTERDAY AND GOT AN AMAZING PAIR OF SHOWER SHORTS. THEY'RE REALLY RED AND THEY COME WITH A COMPLIMENTARY SHOWER WALLET WHERE YOUR MONEY DOES NOT GET WET BECAUSE IT'S WATERPROOF.
That's pretty annoying, but I use capital letters when I'm putting emphasis on something, like you used, "VERY immature".
AGREED It was always my understanding that using Capital letters meant an emphasis on that particular word and since voice inflection is hard to hear in a forum atmosphere...... I'd think with all the other problems we face just gettin by day to day being offended by capital letters seems quite juvinile to me.
Having caps lock on is considered poor Internet etiquette when posting to a forum or email group. It is seen as the equivalent of shouting constantly when having a spoken conversation. It's as simple as that.
Well if you don't understand I can try to explain of course.
The guy just insists that millions of people will change the meaning they agreed on to assign to CAPS just because the guy does not like it. It is like he comes to you and insists that your city is called not New York, but Scoobie-Doobie-Do, just because he thinks this is how it should be called.
Well the point of the pathetic thread ....was to see if anyone was "offended" this being the key word okay ! so....Out of everyone who has commented on this not one person has said it offends them yes ?
"Unproffesional" "Doesnt bother me" "i really do not how people can take offensive at capital letters" "I don't get why people find it offensive"
Sooo......It is maybee all of these things but the point of it all was too see if people thought it was offensive !!!!!
And I mean really Misha get a grip of yourself....really bad example comparing The name of a city to a caps lock button on a keyboard !!!!
So in the grand scheme of things I win and proved my point that it is not offensive YES OR NO !!!!
Have folks forgotten that a large group of readers have difficulty, even with glasses, to read small print? I wonder who decided using caps is considered shouting. Ridiculous, if you ask me. Amazes me, all the sensitive egos out there and how easily offended the population has become.
Actually, Trish, I wear glasses and have difficulty in reading small print. I find text that is all in capitals more difficult to read than a normal mixture of small and upper case. I also find text that is completely in italics more difficult to read.
In the 70s and 80s before the web, there was USENET and and various dial up BBS systems. These systems were the predecessors of forums like this one.
Since there were no graphics and only a single font, with no bold or italics, it was hard to read emotional intent in the messages. Therefore, conventions were developed, to help convey emotional information such as the emoticons and the use of capital letters to "shout".
Since the community was small, it was easy to "agree" on what it meant.
You can see the ASCII roots in the software used to run this forum in that if you type the characters : ) it generates .
More than once I have received e-mails that were written in caps, and it was evident from the words that they were not happy. It came across as yelling, and yes, I was offended at their lack of manners.
To me, caps do come across as yelling. If the dialog is directed at me, I will respond to it by informing the person that I will not speak to someone who insists on yelling. If they would like to discuss something, then turn off the cap locks and try again.
I have also informed people on forums, who seem to be very new to the Internet world, that caps are considered yelling. We were all new at some point, and had to learn the 'rules'.
Very sensible, Patty. I think what it boils down to is that which we are most familiar. We were taught to read using upper and lower case, and that is considered the norm. However, as you point out, some of us are geared a little differently, and it's not wrong, but only different, perhaps.
The norm, then, may be that most people get the feeling that all caps is a form of shouting. But despite that, we certainly use it to our advantage for effect!
I know it was used as a weapon, but how could something like the word gay effect anyone? This isn't directed specifically at Pearldiver just a question in general. If its ok to be gay then why is the word still used as a "weapon"? Why do those most vocal in their support of homosexuals use it as a "weapon"?
I don't get bent out of shape if someone uses caps. It does look a bit silly or improper in most cases. As for the "gay' thing.. Many young people today are using the word gay to describe something they think is stupid or a waste of time etc... ie: "That movie was so gay" or "How gay is it they want me to work over-time" So you see the context of the gay term may have been mistaken. He may just think you were rude or being stupid?? I'm not sure??
If the entire topic title is in captitals, I never read any further. In my mind it implies either a lack of consideration, a lack of self-control, an oversized ego, or an inability to speak coherently and convincingly in an accepted manner.
I'm not offended by it, I have no interest in peoples' thoughts who write this way.
the online community is another form of communication and with any communication there are basic rules of etiquette to learn and follow. if you know better and shout to be heard, it's nothing worth hearing. if you don't know, then now you do.
when I first started writing online, I asked my oldest son to read the entry, and he called me immediately and said, ' mom, I can't read it, you have it in bold type, it's a huge faux paus, go in and change it asap.' so I did, but I didn't know the 'rules' and then found a site which talked about online writing etiquette.
This topic is dear to my heart, I suppose you'd say. I 'friended' a guy on Facebook that I knew 30 years ago who was pretty much a loudmouthed arse back then. I was not surprised to see that he now writes in all caps. It's hysterical-to me!
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