consideration of the day: what role should exclamation points play in online communication? Someone wrote up a main page "welcome" sort of text for a website I do, and I felt like I should add exclamation points, for some reason. It just feels sort of harsh without them. I feel the same way in my work e-mails... part of me wants to leave them out to sound professonal, but the other half wants to include them to sound less bitchy. I change a lot depending on who I'm talking to, also.
Quick survey of important websites:
Wikipedia: three exclamation points, ALL in the "donate!" blurb at the top.
Livejournal: Exclamation points like crazy in people's "community descriptions", but that's it.
Komen.org: Apparently the word "Donate" must always be followed by an exclamation point... they're just like wikipedia
slashdot: used only as a tag prefix, not in grammar.
internet.com: only in spammy job postings.
disney.com: not as much as you'd think. Used in commands, like "Vote!"
eh. no time for a thesis today, gotta run.