How to Refer to Swing Blue Alliance
- Swing Blue Alliance
- Swing Blue Alliance (SBA) if you use the name multiple times on the same page/article/document
- Swing Blue Alliance (formerly Swing Left Greater Boston)
How to Refer to Other Organizations
- Swing Blue Alliance (SBA)
- Indivisible Mass Coalition (IMC)
- Indivisible Acton Area (Their website sometimes says Indivisible Acton-Area and Indivisible Acton Area MA)
- Greater Andover Indivisible
- I-RISE Newburyport (The formal name is Indivisible-RISE Newburyport, but I have seldom seen it written that way)
- All In for NC (capital I)
- Common Cause (CC – spell out unless you are using it multiple times in a page/article)
- Field Team 6 (FT6)
- Force Multiplier (FM)
- Lean Left VT
- Movement Voter Project (MVP)
- Swing Left Peninsula
When Using Acronyms:
- Spell out the first time you mention the org
- If you mention it only once or twice in an article/page, do not abbreviate either time
- Always spell out if there’s a lot of content between the first and future mentions
- If you mention it multiple times, the first time, spell it out and follow it with the abbreviation in parentheses (the parentheses part is optional for SBA)
- After you have written the page/document/newsletter, go back and check that you have done this consistently/correctly; it’s easy to be inconsistent
Preferred Spelling and Punctuation
- Serial comma: Use a comma before and & or. For example:
- YES: left, right, and center
- NO: left, right and center
- Serial semicolon: Use a semicolon before and & or if there are multiple complex phrases. For example:
- YES: all dogs, cats, and horses; all books, movies, and CDs; and all men, women, and children.
- John L. Smith, Jr. (comma before Jr.)
- Use comma before which but not before that:
- Take the dog that bit me to the pound. (Use that and no comma because you need to know which dog bit you.)
- Take the scarf, which is under the table, to your sister. (Use which and commas because “under the table” is extra, helpful — but not necessary — information.)
- No punctuation at the end of a title
- YES: Come to These Events
- NO: Come to These Events: or Come to These Events.
- OK: Come to These Events!
- Avoid the use of e.g., i.e., etc.
- For countries, use the letters without periods: US and UK, never U.S. or U.K.
- Do not use periods in degrees: PhD, MD, BA, MA, etc.
- Spell out one through ten, and use numerals for larger numbers, except when comparing.
- “There are eight available options.”
- “There are 24 available options.”
- “There are 8 available options for phonebanking and 24 available options for postcard events.”
- Always use a comma between the thousandth and hundredth place:
- Do not use a space between a dollar or other money sign and the number itself:
Dates and Time
- June 17 – not June 17th
- the 1980s, the 60s (no apostrophe)
- Time: 9:00 am. 3:30 pm; note space after numbers, am/pm is lowercase and has no periods
- When explaining a range of years, use xxxx-xxxx (1995-1999 or 1998-2000); do not say
- When explaining a range of dates:
- In the same month: May 22 – 28; note space before and after hyphen
- Across multiple months: May 22 through June 1; do not use hyphen
- Dates in running sentence: The meeting was held on August 11, 2000, in the morning; note comma after year, just like any other parenthetical phrase.