You invested your time in an awesome post. Whether it's a rant, a rave, a request for help, a useful suggestion or a brilliant smackdown, you want people to read it, right? Whether your goal is to get some help, tick people off or inspire them to new heights, if people don't read your post your efforts went to waste.
Some quick tips:
1) Don't post in color.
These forums have a default background of dark grey. Anything other than white is hard to read. Seriously. Yes, even your all-red text does not stand out the way you hoped it would. People are more likely to skip your post than try to read it.
*Since the forums updated and so many people have a strong dislike for the new layout/colorscheme, coloring your text is even more likely to cause it to disappear for a number of users. Some use light backgrounds, some use dark. Using a color that shows up well on your screen is probably invisible to a bunch of other people.
Even more so if the person trying to read it is using a phone or other portable device with a small screen- it's just not worth the effort.
A word or two in color for emphasis is good, entire sentences bad.
I am not even going to discuss rainbow text. Unless you are the Jester, you are just crying for attention.
2) Don't post a wall of text.
Hitting the enter key at the end of every few sentences is free. FREE!! NERF THE RETURN KEY!!
Write as much as your heart desires, but break it up so people can rest their eyes.
3) Quoted text.
a) Quoting the original poster is good, to be clear on what you are responding to. Quoting the ENTIRE POST when you are only responding to a single point... bad. Delete all the irrelevant parts of the quote for better emphasis.
b) Quoting a huge post and then typing
is griefing. Griefing, I tell ya. I oughta report you kids but I can't find my glasses...
Seriously, snip that huge quote to a reasonable size before adding your eloquent and articulate support for it.
c) Putting your entire post inside of someone else's quoted text and then making your response a different color screams:
"Don't read me! I couldn't be bothered to break out the quote from my own post and who cares that it's a mess you can hardly read cause you need to L2P..."
Seriously. That is what it says. Bet you never listened to it before.
4) Spell check
OK, actually, not spell checking is probably more entertaining because all of the responses you will get will have nothing to do with your actual post and a whole lot of mocking over whatever you spelled wrong. So not spell checking might actually get more people to read it... but pay no attention to what you actually said. If attention for the sake of attention is your goal, you win!
The bottom line here- there are a LOT of posts on this forum every day. (Awesome sign of a healthy community, BTW.) Don't give people reasons to skip the deep philosophical impact of your post just because it's hard to read.