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It is common to omit end-dots in lists with very short items:

Shop list:

* Milk
* Bread
* Probably eggs

It is common to use end-dots in lists with long descriptive items:

Things which should be researched for my research:

* Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah.
* Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah.
* Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah.

But what about 50/50 case?

Some list:

* Blah blah.
* Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah.
* Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah.
* Blah blah.
* Blah blah.
* Blah blah.

Some another example for 50/50 case:

Shop list:

* Buy milk and bread.
* Buy eggs. Hmm... Or maybe meat instead. What is better? I need to think about it some more.
* Buy wine.
* Buy cheese. Nota bene: it should have large holes in it. Never buy a cheese with small holes. Never.
* Buy tomatoes.
* Buy bottled water.

Should we use dots here? Should we avoid it? Or should we use them for items 2 and 3 only? What is the common/best practice?

  • are the elements in the 50/50 case syntactically independent sentences? – NofP Jan 15 at 10:41
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    @NofP I added "real-life" example for 50/50 case. – john c. j. Jan 15 at 10:52
  • Consistency is more important that the style you choose. – Cyn Jan 15 at 16:03
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If the elements are independent sentences, as in your example, then you should use full stops. An example:

In the present article we prove that:
* our model is correct.
* The model by other authors is not correct. Such model also shows some other issues, discussed below.
* Collecting data is a difficult and laborious task.

In some situations such as having slightly related sentences, you may use semicolons. An example:

In the present article we prove that:
* our model is correct;
* the model outperforms other models;
* small variations to the model do not affect performance.

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