AW-tiquette, part TWO : Abbreviations and Accessories.
|Wasn't it fun, trying to be courteous
when entering AW?. I've seen a lot of cits that took advantage of last
weeks article on courtesy in AW. One of our readers sent in a letter
on this, which you will find on another page of
this weeks issue.
This week we'll go over the various accessories and abbreviations you can use to add nuance, humour or emotion in your chatlines. The possibilities are endless and you can probably find more personal expressions than stated here below. Again, don't consider this series on courtesy as a lawbokk of some kind, but use them in a creative manner, if you want to make your time in AW more pleasant to others and to yourself.
Names of citizens are abbreviated very oftenly. That started as a way to save keyboards but now it has a deeper meaning too. If you abbreviate someones name "correctly" it indicates a certain familiarity, cosiness and affection for this person. You got to watch out however, not to loose the citizens uniqueness by abbreviations. If you use "Black" to address i.e. "BlackBird", "BlackHawk", BlackQueen", "BlackBurn", "BlackCrow", "Black Rose", "Men in Black" and "BBQ by Gramps", you could create a lot of misunderstandings.
Names can be deformed to express affection : "Hi Simon" versus "Hi Simonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn". The latter is like you were tasting the name.... mmmhhhh.
Be Right Back : try to add the reasons why you'll be right back (i.e. fb : for beer, btkjci : because the kids just came in, aiatconawmhbiwtkmkbc : after i answered the call of nature and washed my hands because i want to keep my keyboard clean). Ten your conversation partners don't have to wonder if their avatar smells offensive or something. Needless to say that the same remark could be given for AFK, BBL etc....
Always say "back" when you are. First of all, you don't wanna be a lurker and it's always fine to read the wb's. And try always to say wb (welcome back) if somebody is.
Again, use this creatively and combine it with some of the formulas of last weeks courtesy article.
:), :-), 8-), 8oD,
:-b, >:-(, }:-} or ) :o . All of these and many more
can be used to add to your text. Familiarise yourself with the different
emotions that are normally attached to braces, brackets and colons. And
use them to express emotion.
Never had the feeling you wanted to give someone a little present in AW? Well go ahead : @-)-- or offer someone a drink : C|_| (coffee mug), a cigarette : ~~~\\\===== (take care with cigars!). Some cits even "offer" fish : <o/////>< . Oh, the list is long...... endless even, because think what you can do with the special characters that are residing under key-combinations of ALT + ..... etc...
Textual accessories : *pant* *pout* *sigh* *giggles*
need no explanation.
These accessories and the correct use of it
make it possible to open up to your conversation partners. Whatever the
emotion is, it's only good taste to clarify as much as possible what your
saying or just clarify how you feel. Again, if you don't, you don't.
Next week : announcing a poof.
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