I just had an interesting conversation via emails, with one of our fellow Network Creators. We were specifically discussing whether or not UPPERCASE, is still considered SCREAMING or SHOUTING.
Since day one of the Internet bang, I've considered it to be improper, and in fact: SHOUTING. However, during our conversation I actually found one site that said it was considered cool. ;-) LOL! That's a new one on me. But, who am I to say what's considered proper? And HEY, occasionally I use it for emphasis.
WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?
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Yes, I consider it against "netiquette". I find it annoying and hard to read. BUT in some cases it's okay, like if:
1. You are trying to put an EMPHASIS on a word, phrase, etc. 2. If you are writing an acronym (LOL, ATT, NBC, etc) 3. If you really ARE mad and are trying to convey that.
I actually had a friend send me a LONG email entirely in caps. I emailed her back and requested she not do so again. She is of the same mind as some posters here, and refused. I try not to email her much... I don't want an all-caps reply.
Some people just use caps, because they do. I guess they just got used to it this way. Without getting too pedantic, CAPS have much less emphasis than varied type and tend to make the writer look like an idiot according to numerous researches. If CAPS were so get your point accross, you'd find all advertising done exclusively in them, of course you don't find this except for headlines. Constant cap typers do not get taken as seriously in their subject presentations as non constant CAP people, which I feel is not fair. But it's true.
Exactly. But, I think there's an underlying point I want to make. I have rarely had a person online converse with me, in all CAPS, and have any offensive tone. Nine out of ten times, they just don't know. So, unfortunately it makes them look inexperienced. And then, the smarty-pants out there, tend to take advantage of them, or often get abusive.
Does that make sense?
Still, case in point - - you just innocently revealed that you consider ALL CAPS shouting, just by recognizing that his actions were intended to be intimidating. Although, it doesn't offend you in most cases.
Thanks for the input,