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Please stop shouting at me with all capital letters.

Please don't write threads with all caps. ITA.

Wed. Aug 1, 5:07pm

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you ended your request with all caps!! funny!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 5:12 PM

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Why does it bother everyone so much? I guess I really don't associate it with is just a different look.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 5:19 PM

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i don't think it bothers everyone. i get a little confused reading the big block letters. i was asked not to send out quote requests in all caps when i began working in an office. it's some sort of ettiquette on the web.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 5:21 PM

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While it is indeed common internet etiquette (caps = shouting), studies have shown that people will not read advertising in all caps because it's harder on the eyes. You'll notice that the use of caps in most posters, etc., is limited to a single word, phrase, or product name.

And the OP's "ITA" is, I think, a typo'd abbreviation for TIA, meaning Thanks In Advance. So you might find it ironic, but it's actually just the appropriate use of capitalization.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 6:21 PM

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I agree with the 6:21 poster.

We don't read by looking at individual letters and then stringing them together into words. We read by rapid pattern recognition of one word after another, that we more or less string together into phrases, sentences, and ideas on the fly.

The human eye has a way of gliding, for want of a better term, across a series of words written in the expected pattern of upper case and lower case. When we hit the unexpected patter of all caps (or caps in weird places), our eye tends to bump and jolt across the text. When that happens, we're more likely to mis-read the text or to lose interest and move on.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 6:30 PM

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