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Rule 1: If your bullet points are not complete sentences you do not need punctuation or capitalization.
I love three flavors of ice cream:
- salted caramel
Rule 2: Do not use commas, semicolons, or “and” at the end of each line. Just let it be.
I have three dogs:
- Fart Bucket
Rule 3: If your bullet points are complete sentences, do use punctuation and capitalization.
These are the pool rules:
- Do not run.
- If you see unsafe behavior, report it to the lifeguard.
- Did you remember your towel?
- Have fun!
Rule 4: Use numbered bullet points when the order of the items is important.
How to eat ice cream:
- Get a spoon.
- Open the container.
- Dig in.