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  • Me (ie. "My Control Panel")

    40 31.75%
  • You (ie. "Your Control Panel")

    17 13.49%
  • As long as it's consistent, it doesn't matter.

    26 20.63%
  • I avoid it (i.e. "Control Panel")

    43 34.13%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittineague
    Interesting topic.
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    I usually use neither or at times "your". When my site is "talking" to users such as instructions, I use "you", eg. "enter your email" "change your password". But usually I just use impersonal., eg, "email", "password".
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    I don't think I've ever seen 'your' used. It seems wrong somehow...

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    Depends really..

    - for "Control Panel", "Profile", "Private messages" and the like, i'd avoid both.
    - for "recent threads", "recent posts" and so on, i'd use "your" (i.e: "your recent threads") since it could be someone else's posts\threads. I think "your" is better because it's as if the website\software\whatever is talking to you.

    In short words, i avoid using "your" or "my" for the obvious stuff.

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    Off Topic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by zcorpan
    Yeah. "View the Private Messages that have been sent to me".
    lol.

    Possessive adjectives always refer to someone/something. They are used to indicate to whom or what this something belongs. When a CP uses the phrase "My Private Messages", I just feel like asking "And where are mine please?" It's simply a mistake. Linguistic 101.
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    I try to avoid it, but if I had to, I'd use proper Aussie English so they become:

    - Me blogs
    - Me posts
    - Me messages etc.

    "I disapprove of what I say,
    but I will defend to the death my right to say it."

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    ^ Lol.

    Me personally, I avoid it. That's just me.

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    Everyone knows "control panel" is the same as "my control panel". This is a matter of personal choice. I prefer the use of "my" slightly over the others, but it doesnt matter in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinhGB
    I try to avoid it, but if I had to, I'd use proper Aussie English so they become:

    - Me blogs
    - Me posts
    - Me messages etc.

    Of course, when Americans pronounce that it will be "Meeb logs" Though I would think Aussie's might say something like "Me bloggers" (or maybe that's Irish... )
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    Hello,
    I avoid it in general, but in a disclaimer, or any kind of legal document etc, I would specify what it means. For example, I would write "For the purpose of this document the word "you" always refers to the end user" etc.
    David of Outcast Media

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    I'm very selfish and I want to see "my". So I code my own stuff to use that, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codescribbler
    Something about "My" makes me feel like they think I'm six years old.
    That's exactly how I feel. I haven't used Yahoo! services much over the last couple of years but just recently I've been using MyYahoo a lot for a specific project, and it's totally overboard: "my" this, "my" that, and every time I see it I feel like I'm being treated like a child.

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    I guess it depends on how much space I'm working with. If I have to fit the text into a tight spot than I would use "My Account" otherwise I just guess I've never really had a prefrence either way.
    Josh Ulfers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilroy
    I'm very selfish and I want to see "my". So I code my own stuff to use that, as well.
    Which is gramatically acceptable if you're the only user of your own application.
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    Prefer to avoid it!

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    I use 'my' as a continuation of what people are already familiar with in their OS, e.g. My Computer, My Documents, etc.

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    I rather use my such my cart e.t.c. But hardly use 'me' rather 'one' or 'you'.
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    Depending on what sort of page you are looking at MY could refer to the author rather than the reader. If you do use it you need to make sure it is clear from the context who it is referring to.
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