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17 August 2005 @ 09:30 pm
 
apologies, administration, and assignments

this community is not dead... not yet.

the past month has been busy for both moderators, and because the community had not settled into some kind of routine, it was harder to put the effort into maintaining it.

personally, i have had a recent desire to resurrect this community... i just lacked the motivation to make the initial move to do so.

so, with one (university) homework assignment submitted today, i have the time to actually think about where to take it all.

membership:

at the time of writing, there are nine* full members, nine* who have been given an assignment, and nine* members who have not yet made an introductory post.

if you are a full member, my deepest apologies for not creating an active atmosphere.  I am going to post another open assignment shortly to keep you, and this community, occupied.. when i say 'soon', i actually mean in an hour or so.

if you are still on an initial assignment (this actually includes me), please feel free to reply to this entry and request a new one.  i understand that particular topics may be harder to work with for different people.  i may actually take myself up on my own advice, as my assignment has been quite difficult for my obsessive, paranoid, mind.

lastly, for anyone who has joined and not made an introductory post, please don't be afraid to.

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so, any questions, comments, requests for new assignments (initial, or otherwise), reply to this entry and i will try and respond soon.

edit: if you are requesting a new assignment, it may be helpful for both the new assignment, and deciding on more for others, if you mention what the difficulty was with the original one.  however, this is completely optional.

* fails in his attempts to resist the urge, to note the three repeated numbers... and how they are squares individually... but an overall cube when summed together.
 
 
 
Beer and Skittlesliadlaith on August 17th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
next, you'll be suggesting that i use question marks at the end of all relevant sentences.

Why you always gotta be hatin' on question marks?!

They're my favourite item of punctuation. They're so elegantly shaped, so expressive, so inquisitive.

Of course, they can look spectacularly bad, and some fonts just have terrible question marks, and for that reason I will not use them. I will not even name them.
Slightly broken robotbitspike on August 17th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
i do agree that they have a purpose, and that they have a visual appeal, but they give me more options to decide between whenever i finish a sentence. a full-stop can be simpler, and most sentences which are questions are pretty obvious.

i still use them occasionally though. its nice to often re-live old times.

=)

as long as capital letters and exclaimation marks (don't even get me started) are not over used, i can read most things quite happily.

it can be quite freeing to experiment with writing styles... oh, and elaborate emoticons, such as the 'one-eyed clown with an unexpected mushroom on his hair'...

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Beer and Skittlesliadlaith on August 17th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
I subscribe to the KISS school of emoticon theory - Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Elaborate emoticons are superfluous and gratuitous and draw too much attention to themselves. Emoticons ought to be simple, clean, perfect little lines capturing emotions usually expressed by tone, facial expression etc.