Hello, members of the C&C community! This is only a minor heads-up about a few things that will make it so that you get more attention and respect on this forum, so that you can really contribute.
#1: Read the post before commenting/voting on it.
If you wish to make any sort of contributing comment to a post, I would recommend reading an entire post before posting yourself. If you don't want to but want to contribute, then at least skim through it so that you know what everybody's talking about. Comments such as "Too long, did not read" will not be acceptable. If you do do that, don't expect any positive attention or respect in this community. In fact, don't expect any at all.
#2: Grammar is important!
You may not think so, but proper grammar is important, and, as you will find, very convenient to use. One would find somebody who is willing to take the time to type a proper sentence more respectable than someone who says "lol" and skps letrs wen tiping, not caring about whether somebody has to translate what they're saying in their head, as though they were trying to translate Russian (or translate Russian to English, or whatever language you speak to English...you get the idea).
#3: Use complete sentences that flow into each other.
Complete and flowing sentences are another part about being understood. Basically, you need to finish your sentences, and they need to lead into each other. If they are not leading into each other, then you should space them apart with the "Enter" key.
#4: Punctuation MUST NOT take a vacation!
I don't care if your periods are home sick and need to be replaced with spare question marks, you need to have periods where you need them! Same thing with question marks, exclamation points, comas, hyphens (-), colons and semicolons (: and ; ), etc.
Here's an example: I want the next game to have base building??? I am not a psychopath?? I'm not trolling you??
Does that make any sense to you? 'Cause it makes none to me. Even though you're getting your message across, you aren't delivering it as well as it could be.
Instead of having all of those question marks that you so dearly love, call up your sick periods and place them properly, or, if you must or feel you should, set up some exclamation points.
Here is an example of some cleaned-up sentences: I want the next game to have base building. I am not a psychopath. I'm not trolling you!
#5: Speak (type) your thoughts truthfully and professionally.
If you have a compliment, then say it. Whether it's professional or not doesn't matter that much.
However, when you are talking negatively or down to someone, then you should speak professionally. If there person does not type out his sentences well, then you will feel superior to him, and if he speaks professionally as well, then you would feel as though you have an even match.
#6: Accept it when another person puts up a good counterargument.
So, somebody just disproved your idea. Should you be mad about that? No, you should not. If the person has logically explained why something would/wouldn't work, or something along those lines, and you have found no real flaws, then you should submit to the person's argument and, as I like to say it, "Exit the doomed train." This may seem bad if you are abandoning other people on that train, but it's their decision to stay on that train, and it would be a lot better to survive than explode with them.
What I do is, if my argument has failed, switch to the other person's side. I for one will not support an argument if there is no logic or point to it.
EDIT:#7: Declare your edits!
It isn't a very big deal, but sometimes it can be good to show which part of your post has been edited, so that people aren't confused with later arguments.
EDIT 2:#8: No Racism, Sexism, or "poking fun"!
While I personally feel that peolpe shouldn't take racist jokes seriously (especially when they aren't aimed at them), but when it comes to insults, people have the right to have a problem with it, and they likely will. The very least that could happen is the person you were making fun of ignoring you, and your reputation in general going down. Very far down.
EDIT 3: #9: Put spaces after your periods, comas, semicolons, colons, etc.
Notice how I have been doing this throught this post. You may find it more convenient to leave them out, but doing it makes your text much easier to read. Besides, if you integrate it into your writing (typing), then it will become a regular thing, and you'll do it automatically.
Basically, it can change "Cannot process wall of text." into "That's an easy read!"
EDIT 4: #10: Get your message out, but be succinct!
To those of you not as well educated as I (ha!), succinct means short and to the point. So, basically, make your posts short and to the point! If your posts need to be long, then make them long; but don't make them any longer than they need to be!
That's all for now. Tell me if you want anything else up here! (You can even write an entry yourself, if you like. Just put it in my inbox, and I will tell you if I approve or not. If I approve, then you will see your entry up shortly!)