There are a number of good ideas above.
I have created a number of long threads and have developed my own methodology over the years.
1. It's essential to store your work offline before posting. You don't want to lose it all with a website crash or say your internet goes down. So use
a word processor (even notepad will do the job). Personally I use MS Word with some macros I've added. This makes it easy to add all the BB
2. Familiarise yourself with BBCode
before you even start. This will allow you to add
pictures, change the size and colour of the font and generally enhance your posts.
3. Take your time writing something up. Use a spell checker. (Remember that won't always help differentiate between 'we're', 'where', 'were' and
'wear' as well
). Use an online dictionary if necessary. Read over what you've written to check if it actually makes sense. I've seen a number of
people post stuff that I really struggle to understand. Probably because they just type stuff as it spills out of their brain with little thought for
4. Use paragraphs. Walls of text look terrible and are difficult to read.
5. If you are using dates use a format that the whole English speaking world understand. America is almost alone in using the mm/dd/yyyy date format.
So I'd suggest writing Oct 18th 2017 or similar so it's crystal clear.
6. If you are using acronyms then consider whether people reading will understand them. NASA or FBI probably needs no explanation but others may need
7. Remember to use as correct punctuation and grammar as you can. Keeping sentences short and to the point helps the flow of your text.
When You Come to Post
1. If the text is going to overflow into more than one text box then you will need to combat the "star whores". Those who know that the 2nd post in a
thread can often receive more stars than words they post can be very quick at this. So what should you do to combat it?
One solution is to post rapid replies with a "Holding marker awaiting further information". That way you can then use the edit feature to give you
time to format things correctly and repel speed posting.
Another is to open a number of "New Topic" tabs for each part of your post. Post the first part and then do a copy and paste from the other open tabs
2. Read over your whole post. Correct any spellings or formatting errors. You only have 2 hours to do so.
If you want to see how the BBcode looks then feel free to go to any of my posts
. You may
not be interested in the subject matter but if you hit the 'quote' link then that will show you how it looks in the text window.
That all said. No matter how professional looking, well written and researched your post is; be prepared for disappointment. You may get little
response to your work in this day and age. ATS seems to be swamped with brief posts that are simply news regurgitation and politics. So it's hard to
edit on 18/10/17 by mirageman because: typo