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ANYONE ON THIS SITE BOTHERED BY PEOPLE TYPING IN CAPS

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
JUST HAD A COMMENT ON A POST HAPPY ABOUT MY MRI APPROVAL AND SEEING MY NUEROSURGEON AND SOMEONE REPLIED I AM YELLING? I JUST CAN SEE BETTER WHEN IM TYPING IN CAPS ON MY LAPTOP. NOT YELLING AT ALL. JUST WONDERING SINCE SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN MY OTHER POST. DOES IT OFFEND ANYONE? SORRY IF IT DID... DIDNT THINK IT MATTERED HERE, WHO HAS TIME FOR GRAMMAR AND COMPUTER TERMINOLOGY WHEN WE CAN BARELY SIT AT THE COMPUTER TO ENJOY A FORUM LIKE SPINE HEALTH!WE ARE ALL IN PAIN SO I THOUGHT IT WOULDNT MATTER HOW WE TYPED. WONDERING WHAT OTHERS THINK? THANKS ALL

SINCERELY,
DAWN
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  • Hi Dawn,

    No problem here with the caps. It does make it a bit harder for me to read, but I really don't care that much.

    If it makes it easier for you then do it. Maybe start your posts with the disclaimer " I'm not yelling!" or something.

    Sorry sbout your pain, I know it stinks. It makes even the simple things like brushing your teeth an experiment in he!!
    Keep good thoughts and here's to a painfree night. 8}


  • this does not bother me, but perhaps afew things could be done to ease the situation
    --be more tolerant of each others comments--pain can make us all touchy
    --perhaps make a note in your stats that all caps is a adaptation you use to still be able to come and talk with us.

    ok lost train of thought--meds....
    ......to be continued when i remember what i want to say

  • Common internet etiquette is that all caps is like yelling but, if it makes it easier for you then go ahead.Some may choose not to reply or read, thats the only bummer.It bugs me at times, but it does not offend.
  • It does bother me! However, after reading your explanation I do understand. It makes it hard for me to read and is akin to those posts that use a hundred emotioncons....those are hard to read as well. I'm a grammar snob and actually spell out and punctuate in emails and text messages, how sick is that? My daughter has inherited my problem and her friends think she's strange because, for her, before isn't spelled "B4".

    Apparently my pain makes me intolerant, hahaha!

    We all have to do what we need to get along on our journey. Caps aren't that big of a deal in the long run.

    Griff
  • at all. Especially since you are not using angry words. I don't see how anyone would think that you are yelling. We all do what we must in order to function and get by.
  • I used to type in all caps because it made it so much easier to type. I didn't have to hold down the shift key to start a new sentence. Then, someone PM'd me that I was yelling at them. I asked around my office and was told that using caps did indicate yelling but usually in such a way that one were typing several sentences in lower case and then came a few words that were capitalized. One would then understand those capitalized words to be "yelling". This PM to me kinda hurt my feelings, actually but I just stopped typing in caps and started making a lot more typpos. (There's one now.) When you think about it...with all of us here being overly sensitive due to our pain, I think we're doing an amazing job maintaining a forum. (Thats just a little joke there on the end.)
  • :T
    Surely people can understand, go ahead and type anyway you like. As I am sure everyone can understand what pain and trying to type means. Somedays are easier than others.

    >:D<
  • BUT (lol!) it is only cos it makes it hard to read,

    PERHAPS IF YOU DOUBLE SPACE IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER??

    JUST A THOUGHT ?? ??

    BUT YOU DO WHAT SUITS YA BEST!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,722
    As it was mentioned, typing in all CAPITALS is considered to show anger and yelling. Personally, I find reading something in all capital letters is much harder to read. Plus when normal case is used, when you need to emphasis something, you can put in CAPS or Colors.
    Since it is more of a medical situation with you, I see no harm in continuing typing in all CAPS. But you might want to consider changing the text size while you are in an Internet Browser. You will see less per page, but typing even in mixed case will be so much easier.

    In Mozilla Firefox, you can go to the VIEW tab and use the ZOOM In function to make text larger

    In Microsoft Explorer, still go to VIEW, but this type you can select the Text sizes.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I actually find typing in all caps to be exceptionally irritating and don't normally read or respond to posts written that way. Back in the dark ages of dial-in BBS systems, typing in all caps was considered disrespectful. Just about every other Internet relic I know personally will agree that a single word in all caps serves as emphasis, but an entire post of it comes across the screen like you're getting up in someone's face and screaming at them.

    I think if it's a vision issue, it would make more sense to use the accessibility options available in most computer operating systems. After all, if it's such a challenge to read your own posts, then how much are you straining yourself in order to reading others' lower case posts? Even on a low volume board, you can generally expect to read 50-75 posts for every 1 post you type. There's ratio there that confuses me when vision difficulty is used as a justification for all-cap typing.

  • In my opinion. Your explanation makes perfect sense as to why you use all caps. I must admit that I don't take the time to read most posts that are written in all caps, because it is difficult for ME to read. It sounds like the opposite is true for you. I agree with the others that maybe you should try changing the size of the text in your browser, and this will make reading a little easier. But if that doesn't help, just keep posting. In the whole perspective, all caps isn't that big of a deal.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Yeh, I’m still considered young by few 8} and old by many (|: and find it is hard to read all caps. I have seen people complain :''( about it on other websites and never thought about it. So I guess I don’t like CAPS, but I still like to here what’s going on. When I get OLD, I’m going to let my MAC read the posts to me 8} . Just need to figure out which accent I prefer. =D>

    YEH, I’M STILL CONSIDERED YOUNG BY FEW AND OLD BY MANY AND FIND IT IS HARD TO READ ALL CAPS. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT IT ON OTHER WEBSITES AND NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT. SO I GUESS I DON’T LIKE CAPS, BUT I STILL LIKE TO HERE WHAT’S GOING ON. WHEN I GET OLD, I’M GOING TO LET MY MAC READ THE POSTS TO ME. JUST NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ACCENT I PREFER. :-C
  • I just LOVE your Avatar!!!

    Or should I say "PIXIE I JUST LOVE YOUR AVATAR!!" ?

    That kitty looks like it is boxing. I love cats.

    I have to agree that CAPS does indicate yelling, but only if preceded/followed by sentences or words that are done in lower case.

    When I hand-write notes, I have always used all caps; I was asked what I was upset about once, but I still do it. I like capital letters. They are so much better than those wimpy lower case letters.... ;)

    Also, I agree with the comment that as touchy about any and everything as pain can make a person (ok, as touchy as it can make ME) I am proud that we are able to maintain this forum.

    Just goes to show that even though we disagree with each other from time to time, we're still a great bunch of people. Right?

    Jeaux
    :B
  • I WAS A LITTLE TOUCH YESTERDAY ,MY SCIATICA IS ACTING UP BADLY, PLUS MY MRI scheduled today with 2 doctors appointments and thinking if im gonna make it back in time to pick up my son.TO BIONIC WOMAN: Thanks for posting even though i do not feel like i have to explain myself i will anyway. I been thru so much the past few weeks with specialist's, injections, tests etc. I still am waiting on an answer if surgery is a go or no. im on only vicodan for pain and a muscle relaxer at this time and been getting a few hrs of sleep a night due to the severe pain i been in. Plus feeling guilty not doing anything with my 2 yr. old in months so 3 weekends in a row i promised to take him before it got to cold to all the places he has been asking about; the zoo in philadelphia, the aquarium in camden, nj. and to the pleas touch me museum. well i am originally from phila. pa. but live upstated ny now, so it is along drive just to get to these places and the grandchildren alway come along they are 3 and 4 yrs old. well my son is in the terrible 2's and when he wants something he gets mad and throws himself down to the floor while im holding his hand,, boy does this rip my back out everytime, he just hangs on me and doesnt let me pick him up. 35 lbs may not seem like much but i was laid up each time for days.The sciatica aced up 4 days ago just from a kids movie in the 3d theater because my son fell asleep thru the whole movie on my lap and i couldnt move until it was over. i didnt want to ruin my grandchildren's fun by leaving.And as far as your comment about how i can read post in lowercase but write in caps. First i have a stigmatism and am near sited. i wear glasses while im on the computer. i can not sit in a computer chair for the past month so i lay in bed with my laptop. i bring the computer close to me when i read and to type i need to of course make room for my hands on the key board to be able to post. and as i said i am near sited so i can see fine close up but not far away, and i been getting teary eyed since i been getting numbness in the left side of my face with som vision disturbances. anyway it took forever but i was able to type this post but with some grammar mistakes but i didnt think i was being tested for that on here and no i dont use spell check all the time. an error is an error. like i said tpying this was very difficult right now my legs up and my neck crunched to be able to see the screen. Well i love the forum so since it took so long to type this im gonna do what makes me comftorable. because to me the more post i can repl to and help someone in need is better than typing 1 uncomfortable one to please a few offended people. pain is bad again now. is there a way to type in caps then like in ms word select all and change fonts and make everything lowercase??? any advice would help neck and shoulders and sciatica killing me now trying to explain my self to why i type in caps. AAAUUUUGGGGHH!!! OOOOUUUCCHHHH. NOW IM YELLING AT MYSLEF IN PAIN.. i would rather give advice to 10 members than struggle giving one cause of the way i type. im here to seek advice and to give back advice for people in need like myself. i hope i can get rid of this face numbness and eye tearing so i can be normal again.. but i would chose being able to do more with my son than worry about grammar school on the computer. Didnt mean to offend anyone with my typing skills...lolvreally, i dont check my mistakes when i type. find out tomorrow from nuerosurgeon if surgery is a go.

    Sincerely Dawn
  • You don't have to explain anything to me. I was compelled to answer the question, based on the topic. Normally, I wouldn't even have clicked into an all caps topic because it would likely have contained an all caps first post.

    It's my point of view - no pun intended - and I know I'm not alone in that. I often wonder how many useful suggestions people miss because 1) many people don't read the all caps replies to receive suggestions that are offered and 2) people don't read the all caps postings to respond with helpful suggestions.
  • Well,caps only BOTHER me when my B/F does it to show me a point.While I admit that they are harder to read (I think because they are so close together&no change in size),I still read posts regardless of CAPS,grammer,typos,etc.

    I believe that it is the words that mean the most..not HOW they are written ;))
  • BionicWoman said:
    .......Just about every other Internet relic I know personally will agree that..........
    You calling me a relic? =))

    I agree with you about not reading posts or threads that are started with all caps. It's a shame too, because that person obviously has something they want to say.

    I have a difficult time reading the posts when they are all in CAPS. I guess my "relic" eyes are too used to black screen with green text and a flashing prompt.

    Stockbroker, sorry you were offended when you were PM'd about all caps.

    "C"

  • Does not bother me at all. ;)
    Matter of fact i also can see and read better with caps.
    Especially in the middle of the night while meds are kicking in.
    OR in bed like you say i put the laptop up close to me or its far away on my legs.

    You do what is comfortable for you. ;) That goes for anyone on here. I can tell when someone is mad, or yelling at someone just by what is written.
    Not if small or LARGE letters are used.

    "C" you still saying you have that black screen with green letters"??? =)) =)) =)) bustin on ya darlin ;) We have one in the attic mabye it will gain value in years to come LOL

  • Black screen with green text and a flashing prompt..? Oh yeah, you're a total relic! :))( =))

    And if this means anything to you, you're a relic with geek-ish tendencies.. :B

    10 CLS
    20 PRINT "C is a relic!"
    30 GOTO 20
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,722
    Language! Always hated that. Just to get computer credits in college, had to take that even though I was already coding in Assembler.

    10 GOTO 20
    20 GOTO 10

    Nice way to handle things

    (Of course this has nothing to do with CAPS or no Caps)
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Actually, for me it might have something to do with the caps/no caps thing. Back on those relic ages, we were always taught to put the coding in caps, to make it stick out and be easier to find. I've always done the same thing with HTML coding, as far as writing the tag in caps and the attributes in lower case.

    Hmm.. maybe I should have an indepth psycholigcal evaluation to explore my aversion to all caps typing.

    *laying on the couch*

    It all started in my childhood.. it was my 6th birthday and my Dad traded an old car to get me a TRS-80...

    =)) :B
  • Jeaux glad you like the cat avator and yes its boxing. I Love cats, and always use some cat pic.

    As for caps, and do not take this the wrong way, whether it is caps or not, posts are still difficult to read if you do not use spaces between sentences.

    I know how hard it is to type at times, as all of us here will know some days are ok, others it is nearly impossiable to type. Like yesterday and today I am only able to type with my left hand. So this is a snail mail reply, taken at least half an hour. =))

    Do what is best for yoursef.

    Take care hope things work out for you.
  • caps no caps, just communicate, its all good to me, just the mere act of reaching out is what counts.
  • I am amazed that a topic as seemingly mundane as typing in capital letters has received this many posts and has evolved into a somewhat elitist forum. From my own perspective, I felt bad that I had somehow, unwhittingly, offended someone by using a typing style that is typical in certain industry segments but clearly would be considered aggressive(?) to a relic from the "dial-in BBS system" (whatever that is.) I find it sad that there are those that would refuse to read posts written in these offending styles because I doubt very much that the offender has any notion that they are being offensive. It reminds me of a situation related in the book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". A man was on the subway in N.Y.C. Another man was in the same car with his six children who were behaving in a most unruly fashion. They were running up and down the car. They were loud and just generally behaving badly. The man I originally mentioned was getting more and more irritated, thinking, "why can't that man get control of his children." Finally,he could stand it no longer and he approached the father and said, "Your children certainly are rambunctious.""Yes", the father replied. "I don't quite know what to do about it. You see, their mother just died a few hours ago." Each of us has special talents and special training. Imagine if we were to simply dismiss those who's training didn't measure up to ours or IF we were to assume that it did and then make judgments about their behavior based on those assumptions. And thank you, Mom (speaking of relics) for insisting I take typing between seventh and eighth grade. Who knew? Susan.
  • Dial-in BBS systems are the reason you have this forum in front of you. They were the means of human interaction on the internet for about 20 years, before 99% of the population even knew the internet, as it were, even existed.. back in the ol' days of dialing, then stuffing your phone into 2 rather pornographic looking rubber cups.

    When it comes to Stephen Covey, I prefer habit 1 myself.

  • dawn1068 said:
    JUST HAD A COMMENT ON A POST HAPPY ABOUT MY MRI APPROVAL AND SEEING MY NUEROSURGEON AND SOMEONE REPLIED I AM YELLING? I JUST CAN SEE BETTER WHEN IM TYPING IN CAPS ON MY LAPTOP. NOT YELLING AT ALL. JUST WONDERING SINCE SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN MY OTHER POST. DOES IT OFFEND ANYONE? SORRY IF IT DID... DIDNT THINK IT MATTERED HERE, WHO HAS TIME FOR GRAMMAR AND COMPUTER TERMINOLOGY WHEN WE CAN BARELY SIT AT THE COMPUTER TO ENJOY A FORUM LIKE SPINE HEALTH!WE ARE ALL IN PAIN SO I THOUGHT IT WOULDNT MATTER HOW WE TYPED. WONDERING WHAT OTHERS THINK? THANKS ALL

    SINCERELY,
    DAWN
    Hi Dawn. I dislike reading a lot of text in CAPS, and will generally ignore it. It is much more work to read as you really have to look closely at each word, whereas with lower case the brain skims through quickly and is able to complete the words without having to really look at them.
    Have you seen those tests where all of the vowels are removed from text and you are then asked to read it?
    Most people have no trouble as the brain just recognises the words and the logic and fills in the gaps.
    In your case, double spacing would certainly help as that would clearly separate the words, and perhaps a little explanation in your personal section might help.
    In any case, please don't be discouraged from posting by grumps like me!
  • i dont mine at all, u just type the way it is best for u. i hope my all lower case letter will just even things out. =)) . realy i do type like this because it makes it easier for me because of my hand numbness and cold feeling that i have most of the time. u have other problems with pain and solutions to your pain then to woory about a few who wants everyone to type like in typing class high school ;) .
  • If your not using a pencil, held with your teeth, to type on the keyboard....DON'T USE THE CAPS! X(

    dilauro...your program is the earliest version of a virus that generates a denial of service attack. Or is it that your in a vicious loop on some good drugs...LOL

    PS: CAPS do make a difference on many systems and languages...
  • :) i am fairly new on the computor, almost a year, but have never heard about caps meaning yelling or anger. ~X( i use them to emphasis words once in awhile. not out of anger. i will change that now. :? it is rather difficult to read all caps. i usually don't read them for that reason. type on, in whatever makes you comfortable. Jenny :)
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