There are MANY different characters of people on here who stand out for many reasons. Kai has already stated why she does it and is willing to compromise the best that SHE can. If you dont like her posts,or her fonts then dont read it. Simple. Theres many topics I dont read because I'm not interested in or skip over,even ones I've posted in. As someone said, we arent sheep. If you dont like it then dont read it.
I've noticed quite a few people make comments to others because their grammer isnt right,or they arent using enough paragraphs or sentance breaks and other little silly things because THEY have a problem with it. Nobody else makes a comment. Just them. Not everybody is going to have the same writing style as you,or education or even desire to have to write the same as you just because you prefer it that way. It feels like the forum police at times and is really rude and disruptive to some posts . Kai has been really good about working with everybody for a happy medium and even thats not enough. She isnt going to please all of you and thats okay. She shouldnt be expected too.
I was thinking about this earlier and you brought up some good points. In my vast message board experience, this is the only board I've ever been on that has such a...disconnect, maybe, about posting styles. I've never been on another board where such a big deal has been made about someone having a different posting style, whether it's posting in color or posting in bold. There are style differences that I dont like, but I just quietly skip over the post. Sometimes I feel that new posters probably feel pretty unwelcome because they post a question and then get 2 pages of "don't post that way, post this way" posts
While it can quickly get out of hand and be somewhat over-the-top, I think the reason why you get those posts on threads started by new posters is because the alternative is that only one or two people will respond, and the poster's question won't get answered. Nor will subsequent posts, unless the new poster is able to connect on his/her own that the reason why nobody is actually responding is that they have a hard time reading the post.
In addition to that, I rarely post and tell people that I'm having trouble reading their posts. I don't recall that I've ever done it, but it is at least infrequent. But when someone else posts that same thing, there is almost a 100% chance that I agree completely with it. I won't say that anywhere, though, because I feel like it's unnecessary to post my agreement that the OP is hard to read, especially if the OP makes changes in response to it.
So the fact that one person said, "Your post is difficult to read this way, perhaps you can try posting this other way instead?" does not mean that nobody else agreed with it. All it means is that nobody else wanted to explicitly state that they agreed with it. But I'd bet that, most of the time, the number of people actually reading the OP all the way through and responding to it jumps significantly after that one poster tells the OP that it would be easier to read with a few formatting changes.
I will be honest here--I very rarely read posts that don't have enough paragraph breaks. I generally skip over posts with grammar bad enough that I have to spend a lot of time figuring out what the poster meant. I couldn't easily read Kai's posts when she was centering them, and even though I did try, I gave up and started skipping over them. I didn't have as much trouble with the colored posts, but entire blocks of colored text get tiring to read even for people whose eyesight is good, because there's usually not as much contrast.
Since it seems that the entire point of joining a message board and being active is to discuss things, it's kind of counterproductive if nobody can read anything you've said. I actually think it is more of a kindness than otherwise for older posters to politely point out when a new poster's formatting is going to make that particular goal more difficult to attain.
I agree with you 100% Dindrane. I have done the same as you. I will not say anything to the poster but I will pass over reading their posts. I will comment in threads about these issues in this folder, like the ones about no page breaks or the use of too many DD1's, MIL's etc. I come here as many here for entertainment and if I can, to be of help. But if it is a lot of work to slog through a post due to grammar, paragraph breaks, font color or size, all initials and no names, I just won't read them. Any post that is like that pretty much guarantees that I won't read it and will agree with any poster who comments that I can't read it. I won't say anything in a given thread because of reactions like the above in this post and possible accusations of dogpiling.
And yes, if a new person posts a thread, and due to any or all of the issues I listed, and they get very few or nor replies how will they know if no one says anything? I think the lack of replies can make someone feel pretty unwelcome too. I am not here to tell people how to post, I can only post what I will or will not read because even though I hate to admit it, my eyesight is getting worse as I get older (ACK!) and eyestrain and a headache are not things I want whilst reading for entertainment.
As for posting styles on other board, well I have visited board that were much, much, much stricter on what and how to post, I'm talking zero tolerance with gags for infractions and bans if there are more than a few incidients.
No one or a few word posts like, I agree or Yes.
No off topic talk AT ALL in topical folders.
Proper grammar and punctuation and definitely no textspeak.
Those are just a few. And even more places that limit size, content, etc. of signatures.