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dot dot - The Literary Exhibitionist
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So I posted an entry in the seattle community last night, asking a few questions about the Sound Transit commuter train, which Barbara and I are going to ride today to Tacoma and back, just to check it out.

And then, in the comments section, came the sequence of snarkeries about how I start and end all of my entries and comments with two stacking dots.

This is not the first time this has occurred, either. The seattle community is known for being full of snarky people, and in fact users actively encourage snarkiness (on the community's front page, instead of reading "leave a comment" on the entries, the link reads, "Leave a snark"), but this is something I really don't get.

I have to admit that, somewhat stupidly, it makes me feel defensive. I mean, shit, what the fuck is so wrong with using dots? Some time ago, someone left a comment on one of my entries in the community, asking with genuine curiosity why I did it. But this is a case -- and a typical one, at that -- of people actively judging the practice as somehow, I don't know . . . stupid? Pretentious? I honestly have no idea how or why people have such an issue with it.

I thought about trying to address this in some way in the seattle community itself, but I already know from experience that that would be about as effective as taking a stick to a beehive. The seattle community can be a very entertaining buch, but they can also be a bunch of petty and childish fuckwads. It wouldn't even matter if I explained why I do it in a perfectly civil manner; they'd just continue making fun of it for no discernibly good reason at all.

It occurs to me that my readers here -- all 4.3 of you -- might not even know why I do the dots. The reason, really, is because of the way my journal was formatted when I first started it, back in February 2002. I found that I didn't like how close my first line of the entry itself was to the subject header, and I put in the dots because pressing "return" never created the space that I wanted.

I can already tell it's different now; the look of my journal is worlds away from what it was back then. My first entry with the double stacked dots at both the top and the bottom was actually an entry by Batty on February 24, 2002. My next entry after that had only two dots at the bottom; the next had them only at the top, and the next, on February 25, they were at both the top and the bottom again -- again, just to give the amount of space I liked between the entry paragraphs and the header, and beteen the entry paragraphs and the comment link at the bottom.

After that it just became automatic, and I've done it on every entry since then -- even though I can see now that, with the current journal style I have, it would actually look fine without the dots. It's sort of become a stylistic thing now -- one which apparently some people find ridiculous, for reasons that are a mystery for me.

I'm ambivalent about it now, though. If I do away with the dots, it would be because I realize the reason I had them to begin with has disappeared, not because people were making fun of me for it. But it would also strip away a particularly distinguishing characteristic of my journal.

What do you think? I think I'll get your input!

Should I get rid of the stacking double dots?

yes
1(12.5%)
no
7(87.5%)

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Current Mood: confused baffled

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Comments
susandennis From: susandennis Date: April 28th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your dots mean Matthew News Ahead. It's like your own special signature. You get more good information/comments from your Seattle community entries than anyone else. The snark patrol is just a mean gaggle of silly thoughtless people. Ignore them. Really.
machupicchu From: machupicchu Date: April 28th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
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Ha! Well, give people have responded to the poll so far, and all five have said I should not get rid of the dots. It's unanimous!
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
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machupicchu From: machupicchu Date: April 29th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
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Something tells me I know who wrote that . . .
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4 transmissions complete or positive energy please