Has being on the forums improved your writing skills?

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    Sep 18, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    Hello fellow RJers again. I am currently organizing the curriculum for a writing intensive class for my college, and I would like some of your constructive inputs on how a college student may improve upon his/her skills of verbal communication.

    With my own experiences, I can see the benefits that resulted from verbal interactions via the forums with other RJers. It has elevated the clarity in which I express my thoughts. Two of the areas I personally feel that have gained the most amount of improvement, are the art of biting my tongue and detecting emotional subtext in people's writings. As a scientist by training, I am very used to reading technical verses that convey information in a no-frill fashion. Consequently, the subtle aspects of texts often remains undetected with me. Being on the forum has, in several ways, enriched those aspects of my verbal communication skills. Now I will be honest here and admit that not everybody's post is worth reading, because they do more harm to your brain than nuclear toxic waste dump. There are also, however, some great minds here who convey their thoughts with such precision and clarity that we can all emulate and learn from.

    I feel that college students can also benefit from being on a forum (not necessarily the RJ forum), because I have personally experienced the benefits myself. In my teaching experiences, I find that students who have their own blogs are by far the better writers. With that said, I would still like to hear from you on what your thoughts are, do you feel that being on a forum has helped your verbal communication skills?
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Generally speaking, lots of reading and writing improves your mastery of a language. But it really depends on what you're reading and writing. I don't think I've gained much on the RJ forums other than how to create a Guy Above You threads. icon_lol.gif

    However, over the years I've spent a lot time reading news articles, blog posts, technical journals, and pretty much anything interesting during my web surfing. I've also participated in various Usenet groups and web forums. And I can honestly say that all of that reading and writing has improved my written communication skills. It's so much easier to articulate my thoughts and get my point across. It's been very handy for me at work particularly.
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Good God! How bad would your writing skills have had to have been, that forum writing could improve them!
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    Brilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidGood God! How bad would your writing skills have had to have been, that forum writing could improve them!


    This would be a perfect post in which I practice biting my tongue.
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidBrilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.


    in a more more efficient way of saying what u just said. . "I dumb it down"
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    CityRiver said Has being on the forums improved your writing skills?


    No, but it helped me learn to read through texting language and jogs my brain trying to figure out what a person meant when misusing the various to/too/two, your/you're, there/their/they're type of words. It has given my eyebrow muscles lots of exercise. It's the difference between "knowing your shit and knowing you're shit."
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    Sep 18, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidBrilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.

    Should be:

    The Real Jock community comprises international members...

    OR

    The Real Jock community is composed of international members...


    A larger entity comprises smaller entities. Smaller entities compose a larger entity.

    Comprise is the French form of comprehend...comprehendere...to hold together, like a fist holding smaller objects.
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    Sep 18, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Aaah I guess. For me I am a poetry writer so sometimes when posting on other topics it kind of gives me some inspiration to write or some ideas. I notice that I give out random but good advice that I never could think of when I am writing on my own.
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    Sep 18, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidBrilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.


    Is that what you call it? icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    Oh dear..icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidbeeing own tha foromz todally impruv'd mie righting skilz


    hehe

    What sucks is when you proofread a classmate's English paper and it's written like this icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidbeeing own tha foromz todally impruv'd mie righting skilz


    hehe

    What sucks is when you proofread a classmate's English paper and it's written like this icon_razz.gif
    What sucks even worse is when someone with a Master's or PhD types like that online. I'm a college dropout and know better. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidbeeing own tha foromz todally impruv'd mie righting skilz


    hehe icon_biggrin.gif

    Cute icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    I've been reading and posting on forums for over 10 years. I don't know if the technical aspects of my writing have improved because of various forums, but I certainly believe I've succeeded in expressing my thoughts more clearly. I think most people can get a pretty good idea of my personality online. In most cases I put a lot of thought into what I write. However, I must admit that there are times when my writing can be less than stellar because I want to be silly or because I'm having a tiff with someone.
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Not sure... but it has sharpened my intuitive and comprehension skills. Sure are a lot of jealous instigators on here. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 18, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
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    Anocxu saidBrilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.


    in a more more efficient way of saying what u just said. . "I dumb it down"


    Or politely put, I strive for the vernacular.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elements_of_Style

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    http://www.cs.vu.nl/~jms/doc/elos.pdf

    such that...

    "..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating."
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    "..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating"

    becomes...

    RealJock forum posting encourages me to accomodate even members whose first language is not English.

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    Sep 18, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
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    Anocxu saidBrilliant topic for a thread!..

    ..I have found that posting in a forum format has encouraged me to simplify and universalize my ways of communicating.

    ..The Real Jock community is comprised of international members who speak fluent to minimal English…With this said, I do find I am constantly simplifying my posts to make them extremely accommodating.


    in a more more efficient way of saying what u just said. . "I dumb it down"
    The main thing I've learned over the years.. people don't read. You have to dumb things down even for native English speakers. Like write shorter paragraphs. Key concepts need their own paragraph, even if it's one sentence. And use bullet points. For the TLDR with short attention spans, bullet points are essential in getting them to remember to do shit you need.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    I've found the forums a good excuse to write (practice makes perfect) and while I wouldn't necessarily call simplifying one's writing and being more concise "dumbing down," those two practices have carried over successfully into actual published works.

    I've learned that people aren't mind readers and they aren't going to get what you're trying to tell them unless you spell it out for them.

    Finally, thanks to my RJ profile I have a jump start on my autobiography.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    No, I don't think this forum has helped my writing skills.....in fact, it may have lowered my IQ.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
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