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Earl
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Oct 9 2008, 3:41pm

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\\, //, \ or / ? Can't Post

I've lately noticed that a lot of us use slight variations on the slash to denote a "subject-only" reply with no text in the message body.

It's not really a big deal to me because they all get the message across. But is there any one symbol(s) we should be using or does it not matter? I myself used to use // but then I saw people using \\ so I switched. And now I have no idea if what I'm doing is right or matters not. Well, it just got me thinking so I thought I'd ask.

And just to make this interesting, you might answer the question... which symbol do you use and why? Tongue

My answer: I use \\ because as I said above, I tried to go with the flow Smile

Crows and Gibbets! What is The House Of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires.


Annael
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 3:43pm

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it's // [In reply to] Can't Post

and the Balrog wings are metaphorical.



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But dont be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth . . . start walking. Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment when you feel the wings youve grown, lifting.

- Rumi

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Earl
Forum Admin / Moderator


Oct 9 2008, 3:46pm

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Oopsie... [In reply to] Can't Post

... I just checked TORn 201 and here's what it says:

2.7 Are there No Text and Spoiler Tags? No. To indicate a no text post, write nt or NT at the end of your post, or simply write a forward slash /. To indicate a spoiler, simply write the words Spoiler, Lost Spoilers inside! or some similar variation.

So I suppose there's no harm in using any of the variations of the slash huh?

Crows and Gibbets! What is The House Of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires.


Earl
Forum Admin / Moderator


Oct 9 2008, 3:47pm

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ARE YOU SAYING BALROGS HAVE WINGS??? [In reply to] Can't Post

*calms self* Angelic

Kidding! Wink

Crows and Gibbets! What is The House Of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires.


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 3:49pm

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I use // ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know what's right, but that one's more aesthetically pleasing to me. I used to use /nt but that get's too bulky.



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Darkstone
Immortal


Oct 9 2008, 3:52pm

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Well [In reply to] Can't Post

I've always used "/" because it's means "closing tag" in html.

Note some sites will automatically put an "nt" (no text) at the end of the heading if there's, er, no text in the message.

But like you say, any of those will get the message across.

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.



dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Oct 9 2008, 3:55pm

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If someone wrote a book about this thread... [In reply to] Can't Post

...would it be "slash fiction"?

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Darkstone
Immortal


Oct 9 2008, 3:55pm

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It's the Balrog itself that is metaphorical!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I met a Balrog on the stair,
He had some wings that weren't there.
They weren't there again today,
I wish he would just fly away.

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.



orcbane
Gondor


Oct 9 2008, 4:33pm

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I did not know what it meant [In reply to] Can't Post

But I was leaning towards a negative interpretation. Something like 'here is a stick in your eye'. Or two sticks.





SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 4:40pm

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John Cussack in "Identity" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 that's what he really saidWink


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Oct 9 2008, 4:42pm)


Alassa Eruvande
Valinor


Oct 9 2008, 4:45pm

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Wow, it's in TORn 201? [In reply to] Can't Post

Hmm. Maybe I should read that soon.

I use "//" because it's the easiest to get to on the keyboard.

I also like the symbol "". I use it to make a smiley with its tongue sticking out--> :

I like it better than Tongue, because sometimes I don't want it to wink.

For those who are curious: Press and hold the alt button while you type the numbers 0222 to get that little tongue sticking out.

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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 4:47pm

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Hey thanks for this [In reply to] Can't Post

saves me a stroke and I usually mention spoilers in the first line of the body text. Now we know.


acheron
Gondor


Oct 9 2008, 6:07pm

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English really should have kept the thorn [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a good character. Still used in Icelandic, but we English speakers gave up on it centuries ago, sadly. Except to make tongues, I guess. :

Most printing presses in England were imported from the Continent, and didn't have those silly English-only characters. Near the end of the 's life, people had started to write it with the top loop open, so it looked kind of like a lopsided Y. So some printers began to use Y instead of when they needed one: hence, "Ye Olde Shoppe" -- the "Ye" is actually a "e", and still pronounced "the".

The "ye" in "Hear ye, hear ye", or "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is actually a "ye", though: the second person plural nominative pronoun. I/me, we/us, ye/you.




So this post was kind of irrelevant. Sorry. :

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Alassa Eruvande
Valinor


Oct 9 2008, 6:19pm

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Not really. [In reply to] Can't Post

I didn't know anything whatsoever about , or what it is used for. I just like how it looks. :

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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Oct 9 2008, 6:40pm

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I use // so that it's clearly intentional and not a typo for ? or . // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."


Ataahua
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Oct 9 2008, 6:52pm

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*ba-dum-bum* *ching!* / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Saurons master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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silneldor
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 7:39pm

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Groan! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sly...UnimpressedI am going to be pulp fiction if i don't look outLaugh.

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez

After Sunset
I have an understanding with the hills
At evening, when slanted radiance fills
Their hollows, and the great winds let them be,
And they are quiet and look down at me.
Oh, then I see the patience in their eyes
Out of the centuries that made them wise.
They lend me hoarded memory, and I learn
Their thoughts of granite and their whims of fern,
And why a dream of forests must endure
Though every tree be slain; and how the pure,
Invisible beauty has a word so brief
A flower can say it, or a shaken leaf,
But few may ever snare it in a song,
Though for the quest a life is not too long.
When the blue hills grow tender, when they pull
The twilight close with gesture beautiful,
And shadows are their garments, and the air
Deepens, and the wild veery is at prayer,
Their arms are strong around me; and I know
That somehow I shall follow where you go
To the still land beyond the evening star,
Where everlasting hills and valleys are,
And silence may not hurt us any more,
And terror shall be past, and grief and war.

Grace Hazard Conkling (conclusion of a song recital from the book Lake Minnewaska by W Doughty where he says ''this is not the end of songs which we are certain will continue to rise from gifted minds and hearts in this enchanted realm where sometimes 'great mists lie' but always where 'great dreams rise' ''.) ...Reminds me particularly of the elves and the ents


May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'








silneldor
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 8:10pm

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We are talking 'track terminus' here, [In reply to] Can't Post

or 'track barracade'.

Did you ever see that thing that looks like a huge bumber at a track end? It looks like: l\\\\\\\.

Now considering that how in the world would l///////// seem apropos.

Why those words (or trains) could just fly up and over that. '\\' is a true 'terminus' or end.

.....Why are you sitting there with your mouth open?Laugh

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez

After Sunset
I have an understanding with the hills
At evening, when slanted radiance fills
Their hollows, and the great winds let them be,
And they are quiet and look down at me.
Oh, then I see the patience in their eyes
Out of the centuries that made them wise.
They lend me hoarded memory, and I learn
Their thoughts of granite and their whims of fern,
And why a dream of forests must endure
Though every tree be slain; and how the pure,
Invisible beauty has a word so brief
A flower can say it, or a shaken leaf,
But few may ever snare it in a song,
Though for the quest a life is not too long.
When the blue hills grow tender, when they pull
The twilight close with gesture beautiful,
And shadows are their garments, and the air
Deepens, and the wild veery is at prayer,
Their arms are strong around me; and I know
That somehow I shall follow where you go
To the still land beyond the evening star,
Where everlasting hills and valleys are,
And silence may not hurt us any more,
And terror shall be past, and grief and war.

Grace Hazard Conkling (conclusion of a song recital from the book Lake Minnewaska by W Doughty where he says ''this is not the end of songs which we are certain will continue to rise from gifted minds and hearts in this enchanted realm where sometimes 'great mists lie' but always where 'great dreams rise' ''.) ...Reminds me particularly of the elves and the ents


May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'








silneldor
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 8:28pm

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I want one of those! [In reply to] Can't Post

ShockedFrownUnimpressed*pout*

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez

After Sunset
I have an understanding with the hills
At evening, when slanted radiance fills
Their hollows, and the great winds let them be,
And they are quiet and look down at me.
Oh, then I see the patience in their eyes
Out of the centuries that made them wise.
They lend me hoarded memory, and I learn
Their thoughts of granite and their whims of fern,
And why a dream of forests must endure
Though every tree be slain; and how the pure,
Invisible beauty has a word so brief
A flower can say it, or a shaken leaf,
But few may ever snare it in a song,
Though for the quest a life is not too long.
When the blue hills grow tender, when they pull
The twilight close with gesture beautiful,
And shadows are their garments, and the air
Deepens, and the wild veery is at prayer,
Their arms are strong around me; and I know
That somehow I shall follow where you go
To the still land beyond the evening star,
Where everlasting hills and valleys are,
And silence may not hurt us any more,
And terror shall be past, and grief and war.

Grace Hazard Conkling (conclusion of a song recital from the book Lake Minnewaska by W Doughty where he says ''this is not the end of songs which we are certain will continue to rise from gifted minds and hearts in this enchanted realm where sometimes 'great mists lie' but always where 'great dreams rise' ''.) ...Reminds me particularly of the elves and the ents


May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'








Starling
Half-elven


Oct 9 2008, 8:46pm

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It was originally / but / was replaced by // as / just wasn't working in the role. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Darkstone
Immortal


Oct 9 2008, 8:50pm

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Yes, /ownsend was replaced by //ortensen. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.



Soothfast
The Shire

Oct 9 2008, 11:08pm

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/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ [In reply to] Can't Post

No message here, move along...


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Oct 10 2008, 12:09am

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See, now, when I read your subject line, [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw the // as meaning no message, so the entire message was "It's", which made me think of Monty Python. (Sorry, I graded last night for eight hours and today for eight more, and I'm very punchy. Thank God for Dana Carvey; by 11 last night I really needed a good laugh, and he provided it on Jay Leno. Carry on.)

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Oct 10 2008, 12:12am

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Reminds me [In reply to] Can't Post

of this joke which in the version I heard had a line that said "I'll poke out your eye. I'll poke out both your eyes." I saw it acted out at a party and it was a lot funnier than I could tell it, or even as it's told in the link I found.

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Oct 10 2008, 12:14am

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To me, that looks like huorns marching. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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