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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-30-2018, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Why do we over-describe?

I'm guilty of it too. Think of all the times you've seen thread titles like:

"67 Fastback floor mats"
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"1965 Convertible Tail Lights"
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"69 Coupe shifter options"

Why do we include body style on threads that have no bearing on roof configuration? I can't explain it, but I noticed it, so I thought I would torture you guys with this newfound enlightenment too.
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Hypothetically speaking the additional descriptive factors introduced into the body of a sentence do nothing more than to inform the reader of the exacting facts of the given scenario rather than let them assume the particular item in question is actually not what they thought, but rather what the instigating informant said it to be, over descriptively speaking anyway....
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^^^ Ha- beat 4ocious to it!!
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Because, inevitably, the question will be asked, "coupe or fastback?" hahaha
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Hypothetically speaking the additional descriptive factors introduced into the body of a sentence do nothing more than to inform the reader of the exacting facts of the given scenario rather than let them assume the particular item in question is actually not what they thought, but rather what the instigating informant said it to be, over descriptively speaking anyway....
Hah! This reads like stereo instructions.

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How bout under describing? Like got a question on length of water pump bolt.

The poster is 10 year member, 1000 posts all replies, no about info, no mention of car.

I'm an over replyer. Poster forgets to mention specific carI go to poster's profile shows only statistics, no post mentioning car year or model! Or no mention of location even vague like midwest but needs something large shipped to him orwould need to inspect.
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Perhaps people are used to trying to buy parts at the local chain parts store where you have to deal with "two or four door? straight drive or automatic? two wheel or four wheel drive?" just to get a taillight bulb or something.
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I'm guilty of both over & under describing.



some winners in under describing "help" "wire" "leak"

I don't get why some folks can't at least put some details in their sig. I think we're all guilty at sometime of not giving enough info to get any good advise, or writing 6 paragraphs in one long paragraph by the time you read it you've forgotten what the question is.

There's plenty of threads that take 20-30 posts just to find out year, engine, oem or aftermarket parts that totally changes any answer.

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I think I describe perfectly until somebody asks me a question and I suddenly realize that I hadn't.

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The one (or many) that kill me are the second posts of a thread and the post quotes the entire original thread. WHY

I know itís not related to the original content of this thread, but at least I didnít quote it.
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Hah! This reads like stereo instructions.
Instructions these days are just pictures. Can't remember the last time I saw written instructions for something.
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I think we're all used to throwing a lot of information out there in fear of under-describing. Plus, to a degree, our identities are tied up in this stuff and I think many of us kind of self-sort into coupe crew, fastback fans and/or convertible kids.

I personally like 'em all and would love to have one of each. (one day...)


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Instructions these days are just pictures. Can't remember the last time I saw written instructions for something.
I guess, but you get the idea. I did read instructions just yesterday on the RIT fabric dye packaging so my fold down seat carpet is nice and black again.

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The one (or many) that kill me are the second posts of a thread and the post quotes the entire original thread. WHY
X1000!

I hate it when somebody posts a thread with 5 or 6 photos and text in between the photos and then somebody else comes along and QUOTES the whole damn thing and adds their reply- "Nice car".
Jiminy Christmas people! Don't you know how to use the CUT or DELETE button? I've already seen those photos once so I don't need to see them again! Get a life!
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X1000!

I hate it when somebody posts a thread with 5 or 6 photos and text in between the photos and then somebody else comes along and QUOTES the whole damn thing and adds their reply- "Nice car".
Jiminy Christmas people! Don't you know how to use the CUT or DELETE button? I've already seen those photos once so I don't need to see them again! Get a life!
Nice rant!
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Nice rant!
Just wait until I really get riled up!
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