There's been a large influx of newfags lately, and tragically, I've noticed that most of them have suffered some sort of brain aneurysm that prevents them from typing coherently. This handy How-To thread should help you poor little twitterbugs communicate in a concise, cogent manner. 1. Take your time. This goes without saying. There's no rush to hear your important message, and taking a minute or two to look over it for spelling or grammatical errors can do nothing but help. Especially on a slow forum like this, crafting carefully worded posts is infinitely better than spewing out a word vomit. 2. Learn how to spell. Nothing makes people disregard your posts faster than a misspelled word. Brush up on the various forms of your/you're, to/two/too, and their/there/they're. The rich text editor here has a very handy spell-checker as well, which underlines all of your misspelled words with a red squiggly line. 3. Plan ahead. What's the message you're trying to get across? The main rule is one idea per paragraph. Make a mental list of the main points you're trying to make, and boil each down to a thesis statement with supporting arguments. Check your paragraphs for unity and try to avoid rambling. 4. Use your resources. Don't jump into an Op/press release/argument half-cocked. Are you making a claim? A quick Google search can typically show if it has merit or not. Gather sources beforehand and make sure you read them (and understand them) in their entirety. Remember the rule: Dox or STFU. That's all, folks.