code indentation

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Jul 26 13:43:44 CEST 2007

Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> *  (Wed, 25 Jul 2007 11:22:03 -0700)
>> On 25 srp, 17:31, Wildemar Wildenburger <wilde... at> wrote:
>>> vedrandeko... at wrote:
>>>>> And while we're on the topic of communication: The original poster
>>>>> would do well to learn that increasing the number of consecutive
>>>>> punctuation marks (!!!, ???) is a sure way to turn away many people
>>>>> who would otherwise be helpful. Sentences need at most one '!' or '?',
>>>>> adding more does not improve the chances of being taken seriously.
>>>> And if you can help me than please help me , but if you can't then
>>>> please don't leave me some stupid messages
>>> Whats stupid about this? It's sane advice.
>>> Which looks more serious to you:
>>> this:
>>> I can't do it!!!! Can you PLEASE help me????!!!?!
>>> or this:
>>> I don't know the answer. Can you please help me?
>>> Even if it makes no difference to you, to many people it does. So Ben is
>>> right: People *will* take your posts more seriously if you restrict your
>>> use of punctuation (if only because its easier to read).
>>> Don't feel offended, nobody was trying to put you down.
>> On this group I ask for serious help and now we talk about
>> communication. Then I you don't know how to help me then please DON'T
> You already got serious help even though you haven't realised that 
> yet.
We should be making allowances for this particular poster on account of 
relative youth: I hadn't realised earlier, but we are dealing with a 
fourteen-year-old. Since fourteen-year-olds already know everything we 
should be honored we are being asked for help at all ;-)

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