I never realised that this bugged me until last semester. I was in a seminar lecture and we were given a handout of about 5 pages, stapled.
Well, I looked at it and my mind did a little TIC. The staple was horizontal (parallel to the top edge). I hate that! If I go to fold the first page over, the “point” of the staple is more likely to cause stress on the paper and tear it at the staple mark. Same goes for the vertical staples (parallel to the side edges).
Me? I go for the diagonal staple. It allows for neat paper-folding and less chance of paper-near-staple tearing. You might not be able to fold back as much area of the paper as with a horizonal/vertical approach, and the h/v might look a bit neater, but I figure the peace of mind more than makes up for it.
I’ve gotten into “debates” about the merits of various stapling techniques. So which method do people here use?
[sub]I couldn’t decide whether to put this in MPSIMS since it is really mundane and pointless, or in IMHO because it’s a poll. If this is the wrong forum, apologies in advance.[/sub]