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Old 14-12-2005, 18:59   #1
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Chunky's Guide To Thread Titles & More...

All,

When the time approaches for you to venture out on to the Internet and grace us with a new thread full of noble purpose, wry humour or technical merit, please take a second or two to consider your choice of thread title. Often this seems to be a mere afterthought to the eloquent and witty text in the main post (yeah, right) and as such we, your fellow enthusiasts, often have difficulty discerning what you might be wittering on about.

Some examples:

A. Selling a cam cover
Bad thread title: for sale
Good thread title: Cam cover for sale

B. Asking which tyres to use
Bad thread title: which ones?
Good thread title: Which tyres are best for VII RS?

C. Help with dump valve install
Bad thread title: help!!!!!1
Good thread title: How to install dump valve on an Evo IV?

D. A 'hilarious' video clip found on ebaumsworld (or other such ****hole)
Bad thread title: LOL
Good thread title: LOL!!! Video of this fat kid singing at his computer!!!1

E. Post about the state of this bloody country, it's all their fault, I blame the parents etc. etc.
Bad thread title: makes me mad
Good thread title: I read the Daily Mail and as such probably need lobotomising

A moment of thought when titling your opus can save those of use who, for some strange reason, might not be interested in your eBay auction for a set of Star Trek 25th Anniversary Steak Knifes or the 953rd thread about dump valves, from having to look at your bloody post.

While you are at it, try the Preview Post feature (it can be used more than once folks!) to see if your post is at least semi-legible. You could also take a few seconds to add a few capital letters at the start of sentences and a bit of punctuation; you know, that boring old stuff that actually makes your post readable to the rest of us?

And while you are at it, look at the forum you are posting in; is it really the most relevant place on the MLR for your thread? Again, some examples:

A. Selling a cam cover
Bad forum: Lancer Chat
Good forum: Parts For Sale

B. Asking which tyres to use
Bad forum: Technical Questions
Good forum: Tyres/Wheels

C. Help with dump valve install
Bad forum: Non-Lancer Chat
Good forum: Technical Questions

D. A 'hilarious' video clip forund on ebaumsworld (or other such ****hole)
Bad forum: Picture & Video Gallery
Good forum: Chit Chat

E. Post about the state of this bloody country, it's all their fault, I blame the parents etc. etc.
Bad forum: Lancer EX 2000 Turbo
Good forum: www.enochpowell.co.uk....sorry, that should be Non-Lancer Chat

Thanks for reading, these things are about the least you can do to help in this frantic and stressful age.

Have a Merry Christmas
The Rest Of Humanity

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Old 14-12-2005, 19:19   #2
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Dear Chunky

Excellent use of the semi-colon; I've been missing it here on the MLR for some time now.

Happy Christmas

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Old 14-12-2005, 19:54   #3
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O.K., you got me to bite. My pet hate :

People who send PM's and when they reply, they reply at the bottom of the PM (as though they are quoting you on a thread), when infact they should reply as per e-mails where the most recent reply goes at the top to save you trudging through lines of text that you've already read! In short :

THE BLOODY SOFTWARE DOESNT PUT THE CURSER AT THE TOP JUST FOR YOU TO MOVE IT TO THE BOTTOM!!


Phew! Glad i got that off my chest!
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Old 14-12-2005, 20:00   #4
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But Chunky, that way people would not be able to say 'if you don't like it don't read it' when people title a thread 'read this LOL' and it is the 73rd repost of the Star Wars kid video and you point out their error to them.

Rich, I have had a few like that that I deleted because i thought people had forgotten to actually write anything before realising after a quick scroll one day that some people like to write underneath? It does beg the question why?
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Old 14-12-2005, 20:48   #5
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Re: reply to Chunky's guide to thread titles

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Excellent use of the semi-colon; I've been missing it here on the MLR for some time now.
'tis my favourite punctuation mark
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Old 15-12-2005, 06:31   #6
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Re: Chunky's Guide To Thread Titles & More...

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D. A 'hilarious' video clip forund on ebaumsworld (or other such ****hole)
Bad forum: Chit Chat
Good forum: Picture & Video Gallery
I would have thought the Picture & Video Gallery would be for pictures and video of Lancers or at least contain some form of automotive content, thus Chit Chat would be the ideal place where mindless drivel that people find on the web could be posted ?
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Old 15-12-2005, 07:09   #7
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Re: Re: reply to Chunky's guide to thread titles

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'tis my favourite punctuation mark
That confirms the suspicion then; that you are partial to entering the odd colon.



Anyway, stop trying to be a lazy bugger. These people put them in the wrong place to keep you in a job

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Old 15-12-2005, 09:23   #8
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Been thinking about posting about this for a while, the quality of thread titles has really declined recently. I don't know if it's cos people genuinely don't think about these things, or if they think having a vague titles will encourage people to read the thread.

Oh, can you send me the link to the Star Trek 25th Anniversary Steak Knives? I must have missed that thread.
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Old 15-12-2005, 13:00   #9
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People who send PM's and when they reply, they reply at the bottom of the PM (as though they are quoting you on a thread), when infact they should reply as per e-mails where the most recent reply goes at the top to save you trudging through lines of text that you've already read!
It seems a little confusing to expect people to use the quote function both ways though. The few PMs I've replied to, I've either deleted the quote if it was irrelevant, or kept only the relevant bits and replied to them underneath (as I do on forum posts).

It's a matter of personal preference I suppose...
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Chunky can we open up a Thread under the Title of(SOFT) Porn please?
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Old 15-12-2005, 17:01   #11
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Chunky can we open up a Thread under the Title of(SOFT) Porn please?
You're not listening Kay ... a good thread title would be "Ever wondered what a Scotsman keeps under his kilt?" or "Moderator forum names - ever wondered where they came from?"

Not sure which forum it would go in though. Any suggestions chunky? ....
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You're not listening Kay ... a good thread title would be "Ever wondered what a Scotsman keeps under his kilt?" or "Moderator forum names - ever wondered where they came from?"

Not sure which forum it would go in though. Any suggestions chunky? ....


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Old 16-12-2005, 09:04   #13
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Probably a new forum called "Ban Me" set up for just such posts?
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Probably a new forum called "Ban Me" set up for just such posts?
I think i should get the job of official M.L.R Photographer. (and then ban me)
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:22   #15
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But Chunky is our M.L.R Model well unless you can beat him?????
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