This is a note to all those that ask questions on the main site.
If something is italicised, that is usually perceived as emphasised, i.e. read with a slightly stronger voice. Bolding is typically perceived as a much stronger form of emphasis. This is because the greyness value of the text changes where words are bolded making them jump to the eye. The combination of bolding and emphasis comes across almost like all capitals: as shouting.
Emphasis, i.e. italics, definitely have their place in questions, as they help identify the key points of sentences or entire posts. Bolding also has its place, but usually much more limited, due to the reason outlined above. Text that is both emphasised and bolded should not be used outside of very special circumstances that permit the use of both.
Maybe this former paragraph was a small eye opener.
In the last few days, I had a feeling that more and more posts relied on bolding and italics to strongly emphasise what did not need that much of an emphasis. I don’t know if this is a recent new trend or if my long period of absence just made me forget that it was like this in the past. Whatever it is, this usage comes across as shouting, and I perceive it as rude if there is not a very good reason for using it. I would like to remind all posters, especially question askers of this perception and kindly ask to tone down the shouting.
Thank you for your cooperation.
(In the title I am using all-caps because titles do not support bolding/emphasis).