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A former Yahoo Sports contributor, Mark is senior editor at CelticsLife.com, one of the largest independent NBA sites on the web. He's been a Boston Celtics season ticket holder since 2007, and has worked as both a Red Sox and Celtics beat reporter for CLNS Radio. Mark writes about the NBA for HoopsHabit.com on Sports Illustrated's FanSided Network. He is also the editor in chief of LucidSportsFan.com, for which he's posted new features everyday since it's inception in March of 2011; and has been sited by the Wall Street Journal. Mark can be found on twitter @LucidSportsFan.
Hi, Mark. Per the B/R stylebook, "The abbreviation "vs." should be used in headlines and article text for references to games, matches or fights (e.g. "Red Sox vs. Yankees")." That's why I changed it to "Lakers vs. Nuggets matchup." More information can be found in the "versus, vs., v" section of the stylebook's usage dictionary. I hope that helps!
No problem, Mark!
Great, thanks Mark!
No problem, Mark. Thanks for writing!
You're welcome, Mark! Tweet attribution does take practice—writers may feel the inclusion throws off the flow of an article. However, here's a note taken from the Stylebook: "Note also that embedded tweets, like all quotes, do in fact require explicit introductory attribution to their original sources, though the attribution does NOT require a hyperlink if the embedded tweet contains a link." Hope this helps. Let me know!
Hi Mark! I left the hyphen in "sixth highest" because it was a compound modifier ("sixth highest" modifying "average"), whereas the other usages were not. I hope that helps, and thanks for the note!
Hi Mark! Thanks for the note. You're right—I did add the Speier link for clarification since two of his articles were linked to in your story. I hope that helps!
You're welcome, Mark! No problem regarding the link concern. When it comes to links, there are those times when a tech glitch may cause an issue, and at other times, a site may be down at the time of a review. Take care and have a great weekend!
Sure thing, Mark! The whole .com thing can be tricky, so no worries. I usually check to see if ".com" is part of the official name (ex: Baseball-Reference.com, WhoScored.com) or if it would add clarity (ex: an ESPN.com writer vs. an ESPN television analyst). It's also preferred to go with the most familiar form in everyday language. With the ESPN Boston example, it's also a style thing, since it looks a lot more clean to say "ESPN Boston" than "ESPNBoston.com" (ESPN New York, CSN Philly, ESPN Chicago, etc.). Hope that helps. If you have any more questions feel free to let me know.
No problem, Mark. That's a good question. According to the B/R style guide, if the excerpt used in a block quote contains both written text and a quotation from the excerpted source, the excerpt should appear exactly as it does in the original material because the quotation in that case is an element of the larger article being quoted. Since the original material uses double quotation marks, I changed it so that it was exactly how it originally appeared in the original source. In a regular quote, however, you would be correct. Single quotes inside the double quotes. I hope this clears it up a little more. Thanks!