Do you feel it necessary to puncuate and capitalize your words in the "summary" section of reviews?

kendra30752 kendra30752
I personally, feel that the same rules of puncuation and grammar apply, even in the summary section of my review. However, almost every single review I "edit" I notice the reviewer doesn't capitalize letters--even after a period--in the summary section. Another thing that I see with almost every review is that there are no commas or periods between the "pros" and "cons." Is it just me or is the summary section OK without capitalization and puncuation?

I also want to ask, do you personally use commas or periods in your "summary" section? I understand no using a comma when you do the "pros" and "cons" in a list style. But what about capitalizing the first word or the word after a period? Why isn't that hardly ever done in the summary section?

I'm not complaining by no means, I'm just really curious. Maybe I do things differently. For the other editors, do ya'll ask the reviewer to revise the summary when there's no capitalization or puncuation where it is needed?
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I do not capitalize my words in the pros and cons section of my summary when I write reviews.
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I do not use commas or periods in my pros and cons section of my reviews.
I don't use periods or commas, I write mine in a list or "bullet" style.
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I always capitalize my words in my pros and cons section.
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I always put commas in my pros and cons section.
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I'm lost.
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It depends (please share).
I'm an editor and I always ask the reviewer to re-submit after they've puncuated and capitalized their words in the pros and cons section of their reviews.
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I'm an editor and I don't care. I just publish them anyway.
I simply do not think it's necessary to use capitalization in the pros and cons section.
I simply do not think it's necessary to use commas or periods in the pros and cons section.
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Kendra, you must have missed something because you don't have to use periods, commas or caps in the pros and cons section.
Other. Sorry if I left something out.
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Just let me explain how I like to do things in the comments section.
Total votes: 69 (36 voters)
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bayosgirl bayosgirl
I do capitalize my words and punctuate in the summary section, but it doesn't bother me when others don't.
06/16/2012
Nirelan Nirelan
I try to always use correct everything, except in the forums....I slip in here sometimes.
06/16/2012
amazon amazon
Depends on my mood
06/16/2012
funluvinmama funluvinmama
I try to remember but often forget. I will fix it if I catch it or it is pointed out to me.
06/16/2012
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
In the summary I always try to write well with punctuation.

When I'm in the pros/cons sections I get a little confused if I should capitalize the letters or not. I usually just stay with lowercase, for example: smells good, big bottle, paraben free, ect.
06/16/2012
Peggi Peggi
On occasion I will bullet my pros and cons like this:

~Durable.
~Long lasting battery.
~Powerful vibrations.
06/16/2012
GONE! GONE!
If I don't at least capitalize words, it bugs me.
06/16/2012
Rossie Rossie
I separate the pros and cons with commas, and always capitalize my words after a period. It doesn't bug me when other reviewers do it differently, maybe it's their style.
06/16/2012
wrmbreze wrmbreze
I try to separate with a comma. When editing, I think it depends on if they have done the pros and cons the same way. I have seen some reviews that start with a capital letter, but then don't use any periods or commas at all.
06/16/2012
Howells Howells
I use a little sentence there with commas.
06/16/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I always write a regular paragraph for the summary. For the pros and cons, I just list a few on top of one another with no commas or periods.
06/16/2012
Gracie Gracie
I notice grammar and punctuation errors in reviews. It does slightly take away the credibility of the reviewer's opinion with me. I try and remember we all make mistakes and just evaluate the content, but honestly I think I wonder what other details has the reviewer been careless about.
06/16/2012
Nora29714 Nora29714
I try very hard to make sure I use proper spelling and grammar...
06/16/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I write the summary just as I would anything else. My grammar probably isn't perfect, but I do try to follow the rules I can remember. lol

For the pros and cons I capitalize each point and separate with commas. "Nice size, Soft silicone, Strong motor" I don't use a period at the end because it's not really a sentence.
06/16/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Nirelan
I try to always use correct everything, except in the forums....I slip in here sometimes.
Same for me. In the reviews I try and follow good grammar practice. In the Pro and Con section I use capitals and commas to separate them.

The forums I still try a bit, but ya know I can get a bit more relaxed, cuz that's just how I roll. Why? Cuz its just Pfun, eh?
06/16/2012
remember.me remember.me
I don't use capitalization in the pros and cons, but I do use commas. I write full sentences for my summary. I didn't really think about it either, that's just automatically how I did them but I can see how it might be bothersome to others.
06/16/2012
LovesAPoet LovesAPoet
I do my pros/cons in a bullet style and I always try to use capitalization. As for the summary, I think the same grammar rules apply there as they do in the rest of the review. I believe that the summary is your first impression to a new reader so I wouldn't want to leave readers thinking the rest of my review is done like that.
06/16/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I feel the same way you do, though I don't think just bullet points in the pros and cons, if separated one on top of each other need punctuation, but definitely capitalization.
06/16/2012
comatose-kitty comatose-kitty
Almost all the time, I capitalize the words
06/16/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
It varies, of course, but I think there should be punctuation, unless it is in list form. As for capitalization, if it isn't list form, I would say capitalize the first word only.
06/16/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
I personally, feel that the same rules of puncuation and grammar apply, even in the summary section of my review. However, almost every single review I "edit" I notice the reviewer doesn't capitalize letters--even after a period--in the ... More
The summary should have the same grammar as the body of the review. The pros/cons probably should be done bullet style but I tend to capitalize the first letter and then use commas. I don't use a period at the end but not because it is grammatically correct, since it's not, but because of literary license. Basically, I LIKE the way it looks better without the period. To me it symbolizes that there are more things that could be said if there was time and space!
06/16/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by LovesAPoet
I do my pros/cons in a bullet style and I always try to use capitalization. As for the summary, I think the same grammar rules apply there as they do in the rest of the review. I believe that the summary is your first impression to a new reader so I ... More
That is almost exactly what I tell all my students. it's your first chance to make an impression so make a strong and good one!
06/16/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I always capitalize my summary and I use capitalization in my pros and cons right along with commas.
06/16/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
I personally, feel that the same rules of puncuation and grammar apply, even in the summary section of my review. However, almost every single review I "edit" I notice the reviewer doesn't capitalize letters--even after a period--in the ... More
I use commas but I got confused as to whether I should capitalize each pro and con. In a few of my earlier reviews, I did and then I thought I shouldn't so I stopped. I'm still unsure if I should though.
06/16/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I'm bad at editing so I may unintentionally forget to capitalize some thing, but I always try to follow proper capitalization in the summery section. In pro and cons i tend to use comma between each pro/com and capitalize the first word in each phrase i.e. Powerful, Long power-cord, Rumbly
06/17/2012
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
I personally, feel that the same rules of puncuation and grammar apply, even in the summary section of my review. However, almost every single review I "edit" I notice the reviewer doesn't capitalize letters--even after a period--in the ... More
The summary should have correct punctuation and capitalization, and the sentences should make sense.

For the pros/cons, there are a variety of ways to do it. I tend to prefer a list separated by commas, like "Strong, silicone, rechargeable.", but it can certainly be done other ways
06/17/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
I assume the easiest way for a reader to understand me is if I write in a standardized form that is familiar to the average educated person, otherwise known as proper English.
06/18/2012
js250 js250
I try to make it easy to read by using capitalization and punctuation in both the summary--which is a paragraph, and the Pros/Cons, which is a list.
06/18/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I always use capitalization in my Pros and Cons, and commas, but not periods, because most of the stuff in Pros and Cons are phrases and are NOT grammatically considered sentences. I separate my thoughts with different lines or bullet points.

In the actual written summary, I follow all the rules of good grammar, syntax and punctuation.
06/18/2012
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