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Kopaka
Nov Gold Premier Club Member 2017

Kopaka

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TL : DR
Don't put too many ideas in the same thread! One thread should express one idea!
What does a writer want?
A writer wants to be read and understood.
A writer would like people to support their idea.
A writer has many ideas.
What should a writer avoid?
The wrong decision is to pool all the ideas in one thread.
Why?
Making one mega-thread is easier (is it though?) for the author and far, far harder for the reader.
When the reader must wade through pages of material to understand everything I have on my mind, most readers will immediately give up without trying.
When the title of the thread is amiguous, such as, "Kopaka's Ninja Fixes", nobody will know what I am suggesting unless they enter the thread to find out.
People like myself want to know what the thread is before they will be willing to enter it at all.
So what should a writer do?
Making a good thread title is very important for people like myself to be drawn to read the thread.
Making the first sentence of the thread a TL : DR, or a summary, is extremely valuable for getting your point across quickly and reaching a large audience with what you want to say.
Seperating your points into paragraphs with headings helps the reader to keep their mind engaged in what they are reading and not lose their place.

Best of luck, hope this helps!

16-Aug-2018 10:08:19 - Last edited on 16-Aug-2018 11:42:16 by Kopaka

Blackwing
Nov Member 2012

Blackwing

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So like... is there a context for this thread? Or did you just randomly decide to make this?

Btw love it how you answer the "what should a writer do?" twice, because you don't actually answer it the first time. > )
"These ghastly beasts CAN be slain! They CAN be overcome!" -Borch Three Jackdaws

16-Aug-2018 11:31:03

Kopaka
Nov Gold Premier Club Member 2017

Kopaka

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Blackwing said:
So like... is there a context for this thread? Or did you just randomly decide to make this?

I came across one too many bloated "these are all of my ideas" threads.
Blackwing said:
Btw love it how you answer the "what should a writer do?" twice, because you don't actually answer it the first time. > )

Good point. I changed it.

16-Aug-2018 11:43:05

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