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Old 11-17-2015, 12:10 AM   #41
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I like to write my posts in word so I canproof and edit before hitting the publish button.

Almost always, when I copy andpaste from word toforum, words jam up, some paragraphs get double spaced and somelines duplicate. It can take up to 4 save-edit-save tries before it is all fixed up.


Is there a trick to getting it right the first time?
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:25 AM   #42
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I like to do write my posts in word so I canproof and edit before hitting the publish button.

Almost always, when I copy and paste from word toforum, words jam up, some paragraphs get double spaced and somelines duplicate. It can take up to 4 save-edit-save tries before it is all fixed up.


Is there a trick to getting it right the first time?
Use something other than Word for it, a text only program without all the Word formatting. Now, you can accomplish that in Word by saving the file as plain text.

Word tries to format lines and feeds, but the forum won't accept it's formatting in many cases.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:31 AM   #43
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Use something other than Word for it, a text only program without all the Word formatting. Now, you can accomplish that in Word by saving the file as plain text.

Word tries to format lines and feeds, but the forum won't accept it's formatting in many cases.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:33 AM   #44
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Hawg--- I write directly onto the forum. That's not to say typos or mistakes never get through. One thing I did quite awhile ago is turn off the auto-replace (aka "auto-guess") feature of my iPad. This was an extremely annoying feature in all my iPad writing--- e-mails, posts, and writing for work and my own book projects.

This has eliminated wrong words sneaking into what I write as I type quite fast and don't necessarily catch what auto-guess is doing until I've already hit send. I have a case for my iPad which includes a proper keyboard so the problem wasn't so much typos as incorrect auto-guess guesses.

Once I've written something in the TF box I try to proof it as carefully as I can, and I may do some editing at the same time before sending.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:35 AM   #45
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If the post is not to be toooo long I usually simply complete it right on the TF reply window. If I feel editing may be needed I do it first on Outlook email. Then copy it to place on TF. Some on-site edits for clean-up may still be needed. The quick reply has too many times simply disappeared on me while I'm in middle of writing... so I don't use it too often. When I do, I often take a copy of text so that even if it were to vanish I can begin immediately again.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:43 AM   #46
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Well Marin and Art, the direct to TF is fine for you kids but you see, sometimes I need lots of time to organize my thoughts and even then I get it wrong or wish I'd said it different. Doing it up and pondering it for a spell is part of...now, what was I thinking?
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:55 AM   #47
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....sometimes I need lots of time to organize my thoughts and even then I get it wrong or wish I'd said it different.
Of course a post doesn't go anywhere until you hit Submit Reply. So far as I know there is no time limit on how long you leave an typing window open on TF. So you can do all the thought organizing and editing you want and then submit it when you're ready.

Also, there is an edit button under a post that lasts for a certain time period-- I forget how long, it might even be as much as two hours. So even if you submit a post you can go back and change it if you like within the edit time limit. I do this fairly often, actually.

But if you prefer to write in another application and then copy and paste that certainly works fine too.

One thing I try to do is edit a quoted post if I include one in a reply. Usually I'm replying to just one point--- maybe a sentence or just part of a sentence in the quoted post--- so cutting out all the rest of what can sometimes be a very long post can save space and so make the new post easier to read. It's no big deal when people don't do this and include the entire original post, however.
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I do use Word sometimes. Better than timing out. Especially when I start a reply that appears to want to continue longer than I originally thought.

One forum I frequent, Boatdiesel, has a very good feature. It's called "Finish Later"
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If you appear to be heading into a tome it works as a saver if clicked periodically. If you want to stop and rethink some part or rearrange the tome it gives the opportunity to do so, on the site. You can edit an hour later or a day later, whenever time and thoughts allow by simply going back to the thread and clicking "EDIT"..

I don't know if this forum could do that but it might be worth considering.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:14 AM   #49
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Some good points.

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So far as I know there is no time limit on how long you leave an typing window open on TF.
I wondered about that, actually. Would it disappear though if I shut of the PC or stay there as long as I am logged in?
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Also, there is an edit button...I do this fairly often, actually.
I do too but was under the impression the overlords don't like it when you edit repeatedly. I've been wrong before though.
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One thing I try to do is edit a quoted post
Ditto.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:38 AM   #50
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One forum I frequent, Boatdiesel, has a very good feature. It's called "Finish Later"
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That would be nice.
A while back when I did the never ending sagas on once upon a time coast life, it took longer to edit out the incompatibility issues than to create the tome.
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... was under the impression the overlords don't like it when you edit repeatedly. I've been wrong before though.
Never seen that mentioned before. I think you can edit as often as you want until the time limit is up.
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Never seen that mentioned before. I think you can edit as often as you want until the time limit is up.
Marin is right Hawg, and frankly, the software used on this forum, (as opposed to some I've been on), is so robust, I never bother doing a post on another word processor app and copying and pasting, as there is always the probability of losing some of the formatting. You can edit the post as much as you like for quite a period - certainly plenty long enough to get it how you want it. There is no obligation to put why you edited it in that box at the bottom either. So make life easier for yourself, and just type in the TF direct, but if you want to add a pic or emoticons, remember to use the advanced mode, and not just the quick reply box. You can select it later however to add something like that if you forget.

I also agree with Marin that autocorrect function can be really annoying, because each time I go to type Marin, it puts Marina, but I'm wise to that now...
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Wow, I really misread the title of this thread. Thought it was PMS (all caps) and that it would explain some of the bad moods and heated rhetoric we sometimes see on on-line fora--without consideration of gender.
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LOL!! Then you got a bong hit pic you can share?
Well, there you go. I didn't know what a bong hit pic was. Sometimes it's not good to go to Google.
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Well, there you go. I didn't know what a bong hit pic was. Sometimes it's not good to go to Google.
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Never seen that mentioned before. I think you can edit as often as you want until the time limit is up.
Even after the time limit is up, if you will just go to your post and click on the "report" icon (the little triangle at the bottom left of the post), then say that you need to edit it, one of the moderators will be more than happy to accommodate you. Helpful, we are.
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Wow, I really misread the title of this thread. Thought it was PMS (all caps) and that it would explain some of the bad moods and heated rhetoric we sometimes see on on-line fora--without consideration of gender.
Haha..
I thought about the title and how far afield it might go so deliberately used the no-cap s. I still didn't think it would take so long to get there though.
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You'll need to be careful you don't suffer from PMS.
You live where you can minimize it.
PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome)

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You'll need to be careful you don't suffer from PMS.
You live where you can minimize it.PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome)Ted
Haha Ted, you know it.
Although, for the cost of annual tire replacement I can rent a bike for a 4 or 5 day fix. Plus, a few years back I sold a DWG to a buddy in Osoyoos for his wife so I can go grab it any time and I don't have to ride the city. Before moving to Sidney, I lived in Yaletown. I could go for a 12-15 hour day ride and enjoy every second of it until...the last 15 minutes, from the PNE to the Roundhouse, with all the blind pedestrians, taxis, buses, red light runners, pigeons and junkies, it could put a real damper on the day.

What I miss most is the chance for spontaneous rides, like an early evening ride to Boston Bar for a burger or ice cream.

I miss the water more though and I'll get there.

Just a little edit...
Looking outside right now, at the horizontal rain, I would much rather be on the hook in Okeover Arm, cozied up to an Espar, with Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and the fixin's for a half dozen Monte Cristo coffees, than riding anywhere.
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As noted, the extra code used in Word doesn't play well with the forum editor. Suggestion: if you feel the need to compose offline, consider using your e-mail interface and save your post as an unaddressed draft. You can go back and edit and use the spell checker, etc. When you are finally ready to post, copy and paste.
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