Crew Two House Information to Answering Crew One House Trolls
It seems like a dark time in the team’s two-room area. Everywhere we look, people are taught the individual space after a certain time / point. We know this is both morally and ethically wrong. Even so, people attack us because the majority now believe that it is right and right to click this space bar once after entering a period.
They don’t even notice that they are being played. Soon other conventions will disappear from us. The commercial and is in the balance. Once a letter in our alphabet, it is now Pluto in our language. Correctly. It was a letter! In the alphabet! Path. And Pluto is a bad analogy, because at least the astronomers and cosmologists had reasons for that decision!
And don’t think our precious Oxford comma is safe. There are already cries from the “Alt-Write” to eliminate it. That’s right: the federalist publishes comments against the Oxford comma.
That’s how we lose. We’ll let them in the door. First of all, they start off with a false debate. “Should you use the Oxford comma?” Then they claim there are legitimate reasons not to use it. Then they change the rule. We never hear why. We don’t even know who “they” are. It’s the worst demolition culture. Comrades, that is classic imperialism.
You will get into trolling. They will mock you. They will say you are old. Outdated. Like that courier note you once loved. However, do not stoop to their level (one below ours). Use their trolling as an opportunity to educate them. Here are a few examples.
TROLL: YOU KNOW WE DON’T USE TYPEWRITERS ANY MORE, RIGHT?
Answer: Yes, and in fact, after using the word processor, we still used two spaces. We even used them after IBM created a typewriter that could use proportional fonts. By the way, do you know which industry standard organization has jointly agreed to switch from two rooms to one? No?
TROLL: GOOD IF TWO ROOMS ARE NOT 3 OR 1.5 ROOMS?
Answer: Some publishers used 1.5 spaces at times. Did you do this? No? When do you think proportional fonts came about?
TROLL: ONLY OLD PEOPLE TWO ROOMS AFTER A TIME.
Answer: Only old people say things like “Hello” when they are on the phone. Not all old things are bad. You’re still driving on the right side of the road in America, right?
TROLL: Who cares who came up with it? That’s the way it is!
I see you have an iPhone. If I look at your Twitter page, I’ll see that you fully embraced the cable change, right?
Now you get a little bit of my feelings.
TROLL: HOW TO USE A FLOPPY DRIVE INSTEAD OF USB? HAHAHAHA!
Answer: Excellent example! An organization that sets standards has set this standard. What is the SSO for individual distances?
TROLL: TWO DISTANCES ONLY MAKE SENSE WITH MONOSPACED FONTS LIKE COURIER.
Answer: So if I use the Courier font, do you leave me alone if you use two spaces after a period of time?
TROLL: MANY STYLE MANUALS DETERMINE THE CORRECT USE OF A SPACE.
Answer: Do you explain why you made the change? Or are they just doing what the Chicago Manual of Style did and show that it appeared magical? APA didn’t change its standard until 2019. At some point, several standard-setting groups disagreed on the number of spots after a certain time, and someone won. Who started this trend?
TROLL: IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL, WHY NOT ONLY?
Answer: I am not a lemming. As lawyers, we don’t like it when laws change for no reason. If an administrative authority were to unilaterally declare one on two without justification (no pun intended), we would challenge their declaration as arbitrary and capricious. If SCOTUS explained this, it would be outraged if precedents were given up without justification. Why do you think it is a good idea to adopt conventions of questionable origin? At least I don’t. Good day. I said hello!
(Please have your soapbox ready for this answer).
Comrades, we are not alone. In fact, Wikipedia is signaling that you are on our side by giving us a thoroughly researched page containing evidence to support my claim that this change was merely implemented by the powers that be without thought or discussion.
We will win.
With best regards,
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