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Your Verbs Have Been Lost and Will Be Invisible Until Sentence Author Revision  (View post)

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
13 years ago3,621 views

Blogger have redesigned their homepage after building up all its structure (e.g. commenting system) as to attract more attention (as you have mentioned) but failed to (or don't want to) be consistent.

When Blogger first launched, it looked like this:
web.archive.org/web/1999101202 ...

Later to this look:
web.archive.org/web/2001020205 ...

mak [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

Very insightful post!
We'll take this into consideration in our next web projects – that is, to make the whole experience more human :)

Fran├žois Houste [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

oh god, I love this kind of post... playing and analyisng words. thanks for this one, a real pleasure to read!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

But bloggers not a person... :'-(

Mike Sullivan [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Your suggestion has been received and will be given due consideration.

J. McNair [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I agree. Ever since an English teacher described to me the difference between active and passive voices, I get bugged when writers use them inconsistently. Especially when *I* do it. I believe more companies need to hire copy editors for their web sites. Then again, it could be much worse.

"Your comment which you have recently completed has been submitted forthwith presently when the submit button was depressed. The author and moderator of this weblog shall reserve the right to deny any offending submission registry into the comment corpus. Thus your entry shall remain invisible and intangible as vapourous aether until we shall approve and demarcate from undesirables your comment for future submission into the corpus."

That may be the worse paragraph I have ever written...today.

J. McNair [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The previous was worsE than the paragraph.
Actually, it was still the worsT paragraph I wrote today.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

:D

mcmikedermott [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

I don't know – I'd vote for the existing language over any of the suggestions – It keeps the focus on the comment and what is happening with it: 1) it has been saved, and 2) it will be visable... The attempts to avoid the passive voice only introduce distractions to that message

mcmikedermott [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Recently posted and of possible interest:

"Passive Voice Is Redeemed For Web Headings"

useit.com/alertbox/passive-voi ...

The posting doesn't mention notifications like this as such, but makes a logical counter-argument to the common knee-jerk 'avoid passive tense' school of thought.

Dennis Jerz [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Yes, that's an interesting article, but it's actually in favor of putting concrete subject words at the beginning of a page title. I agree with that part of the article, but there are plenty of ways to do that, besides using passive verbs.

On my blog, I posted a response to Nielsen's "Passive Voice is Redeemed" – which is a clever attention-getter, but ultimately a bait-and-switch.

jerz.setonhill.edu/weblog/perm ...

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