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It's unbelievably hard to find relevant information online, as almost every Google search just gives pages of advice and questions regarding citations and referencing styles.

If I use a footnote in place of information I would normally enclose with parentheses, should my footnote body text be enclosed with parentheses? e.g.,

The (entirely subject-to-change) plan is to ...

If I wanted to move that piece of parenthesis into a footnote for whatever purpose, is the following footnote correct?

  1. (entirely subject-to-change)

If I shouldn't be using the parentheses, then what should that footnote look like?

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I would say the parantheses and footnote are serving the same purpose in this usage — to provide additional, secondary information. As such, I wouldn't see the need to use parantheses in the footnote –  anotherdave Nov 30 '13 at 15:29
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about writing (presentation) style, not about English language and usage –  Colin Fine Dec 1 '13 at 20:21
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closed as off-topic by Colin Fine, Benyamin Hamidekhoo, Janus Bahs Jacquet, aedia λ, Kristina Lopez Dec 2 '13 at 18:40

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I wouldn't use parentheses in the footnote, as the footnote itself is functionally analogous to the parentheses you were first trying to eliminate. Simply:

  1. Entirely subject to change

There are no hyphens because, as George Stirling pointed out in his answer, the footnote is supplementary to the "plan" its referring to.

I also wouldn't write such a short footnote with so little information in it. Maybe you could beef it up?

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@georgestirling thanks for the save –  Dodgie Nov 30 '13 at 18:26
    
Thanks for your thoughts. I also wouldn't write such a short footnote - it was merely an example. The hyphenation wasn't really a concern either. However, should the footnote as you have it end with a full stop? –  subpleiades Nov 30 '13 at 18:46
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Assuming you'll be placing your footnote marker after 'plan', it would be more correct to omit the hyphens in the footnote.

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I hope you don't mind that I've edited my post because of your observation. –  Dodgie Nov 30 '13 at 18:29
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