User talk:Alysdexia

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Hi! Welcome, and thanks for contributing to NetHackWiki!

I'm really happy to have you here, and look forward to working with you! —ZeroOne (talk / @) 23:26, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Archaic language on Elbereth page

Hi, I see you have added a lot of archaic vocabulary to the Elbereth page. This certainly has style, but it make the page hard to read. The majority of gamers do not have English as their native language, and I doubt all of them are as educated as you are. Besides, "fast" is an established technical term. A few of your changes are not correct in present-day American English. Would you please tone down your edit? (If there is no further discussion or action, I'm going to revert it on Saturday.) -Tjr 18:00, March 18, 2010 (UTC)

What do you mean archaic and technical? Had the page been "soft" to read? Well, nobody has English as it died 1000 years ago. Alysdexia 18:06, March 18, 2010 (UTC)
  • Technical terms: It is good to be consistent. "Everybody" knowns fast engraving method refers to wand, dust, or athame. Swift could be "I'm mashing the keys impatiently".
  • Unusual words: In a nutshell, keep the language simple. If you write heed, whilest, ward, swift, the average reader will scratch their head. The complexity of Nethack turns off enough people already. See this for more on good writing.
  • Correct grammar: What do you mean by archaic and technical? Was the page "easy" to read? Well, nobody speaks English from 1000 years ago.