Makes me pine for the days of PUNCHCARDS!  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2116 posts
10/21/2005 3:26 am

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Makes me pine for the days of PUNCHCARDS!

Is this really happening? Because I can't believe my fucking eyes!

Are the A FF baboons really TRYING TO AUTOMATICALLY BOLD EVERY NUMBER I SPELL?!?

They are! I swear to Christ, they are!!! In my last post, any number I wrote, e.g., "three," came back after approval bookended with erroneous commands to bold them. They were erroneous because instead of brackets, the "less than/greater than" symbols were used.

Am I in Bizzaro World? Am I living in a world populated entirely by sentient shrimp?!?

So this isn't just an incredulous rant, I'll share a related editor's convention that many writers are not aware of. When using numerals in your writing, zero through nine (0 - 9) should be expressed as words, i.e., spelled out; and all numbers 10 and greater should be expressed as numbers.

But if A FF is going to insert formatting commands on numbers that are spelled out, may as well use the numeral anyway.

Maybe that's their plan, get us to use numerals exclusively to save on bytes!

(Baboons... fucking baboons I'm dealing with... or, could be chimps, chimps trying to write Shakespeare, maybe?)


rm_deaminveni 50M
116 posts
10/21/2005 10:17 am

You noticed it too - who could fucking miss it! It's bad enough they're adding them in but if you edit the post the damn things don't get reparsed, so your post looks like "three" (except they'll probbaly bold the word "three" AGAIN! - doh!


MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
10/21/2005 12:04 pm

Voodoo, I did a post on this a week or so ago. See my post Weird. However, the word one wasn't bolding when I wrote it. I'm leaving that post up until the bolding of letters goes away. I'm told it's a known bug. So, it should be fixed in a few years.


madkitten 53F
291 posts
10/21/2005 3:25 pm

It does the same to other words as well. MSN and Hotmail at least it did when I tried to include the words in 1 of my blogs.

You watch wont do it in comments.


madkitten 53F
291 posts
10/21/2005 3:26 pm

I knew it, I knew it wouldnt happen in comments.


princess_tiara 41F
10 posts
10/22/2005 2:44 pm

Thanks for the information, Guru.

By the way, MLA guidelines on numbers:

- Spell out numbers of one or two words. Use figures for numbers that require more than two words to spell out.

- Exception: In technical and business writing, figures are preferred even when spellings would be brief, but usage varies.

- If a sentence begins with a number, spell out the number or rewrite the sentence.

- Generally figures are acceptable for the following:
dates, addresses, percentages, fractions, decimals, scores, statistics, surveys, exact amounts of money, divisions of books, divisions of plays, identification numbers, time of day


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