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Mike_W
Posts: 38
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on 01/06/2014

Hi guys,

I'm interested to know your thoughts on what style guide you generally adhere to when writing? Associated Press? Chicago Manual?

Thanks,

Mike

AbbyFitz
Posts: 374
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on 01/06/2014

I'm not sure exactly what you mean


Mike_W
Posts: 38
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on 01/06/2014

A style guide details the set of standards for writing and laying out documents. For example, the use of serial commas, capitalization of titles, etc. There are heaps of different guides to chose from.

Thanks,

Mike

AbbyFitz
Posts: 374
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on 01/06/2014

If there is one here, I'm in the dark too :)  I Just try to be as grammatically correct as possible and write the best I can. Maybe someone else will be able to help you.


Mike_W
Posts: 38
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on 01/06/2014

It's just a personal preference really - consistency is the key. Still, I'm curious as to what is the most popular amongst online writers.

ologsinquito
Posts: 418
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on 01/06/2014

I might have an old AP Style manual lurking around my basement, if I didn't toss it away. At this point, I try not to make grammatical errors. 


RupertTaylor
Posts: 108
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on 01/06/2014

Mike

I feel that style guides for online sites such as Wizzley have gone the way of the dodo. I lament their disappearance but must move with the times and accept that "lol" has become a word that doesn't mean "Lots of love."

Mike_W
Posts: 38
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on 01/06/2014

 

RupertTaylor: 01/06/2014 - 08:07 PM

Mike

I feel that style guides for online sites such as Wizzley have gone the way of the dodo. I lament their disappearance but must move with the times and accept that "lol" has become a word that doesn't mean "Lots of love."

Haha. Nicely put Rupert.

I'm actually asking because I am setting up a set of publishing rules for my day job (content managing a travel article website).

AlexandriaIngham
Posts: 109
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on 01/07/2014

I don't really stick to a style guide for sites like Wizzley, since everyone will follow different styles. I tend to stick to AP guidelines now, but only because a current client prefers me writing that way and I want to stay in the habit of it.

When it comes to writing for private clients, I go with something they request or stick to AP guidelines if they don't.

April_M
Posts: 37
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on 01/07/2014

Whatever it was I learnt for University. I can't remember any more. It's instinct now, sorry!

 

I am reconsidering my stance on the oxford comma.

WordChazer
Posts: 412
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on 01/08/2014

MHRA tends to do me when I'm referencing, this being the style guide according to the Modern Humanities Research Organisation. And that's only because it tends to be the default that my academic clients prefer.


Described by one of my clients as 'a literary grammarian', writing, researching and reading are requirements for sanity, at least this side of the keyboard.
Sheri_Oz
Posts: 439
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on 01/09/2014

I go with APA (American Psychology Assoc) style because that's what I am familiar with. I never really paid it much attention with my wizzley writing but only when there is something academically oriented.


classicalgeek
Posts: 16
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on 01/24/2014

I use MLA.

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