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Competitions?

By topps999
Apr 1, 2007
  1. maybe have sum competitions (ect best photo, umm a question? umm.. most helpful in a week) dunno just ff the top of my head, could mayb get sum sponsors to donate or mayb a admin/ member to donate... dunno just an idea :)
     
  2. topps999

    topps999 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 184

    bump, any replys please?
     
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    How about a spelling / grammar competition?
     
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  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    LOL

    Yes! And the 10% finishing last will be banned!
     
  5. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 625

    Good idea

    I think if you can overlook the grammar then you I agree with tops. Though it does need developing I am for something like that.

    It'll liven up the fourms with some creativity and something new.
     
  6. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 2,062   +8

    I think it's a good idea. Don't get disheartened by frivolous comments.

    Please do keep in mind that this is an international forum, with a wide spectrum of viewers.

    You're bound to draw flak if you are not careful with your spelling or grammar.

    Why should only those falling in the bottom 10 percentile be 'banned' or disqualified? :p

    Okay, here's one. What's the difference between continuous and continual ?
     
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Good idea :grinthumb ! I can't stand when people can't spell or speak in their own native language. We could hold karma awards, with the top earner receiving a privilege or some kind of "e-award" of some sort :) . Although this would have to be for members only (no moderators or admins :D).
     
  8. MissDipped2009

    MissDipped2009 TS Rookie

    I Have Something To Say

    Ya`ll Don`t Need To Sit Around Judgin` People Because Of The Way They TYPE. If You Don`t Got NOTHiN` Nice To Say Don`t Say NOTHiN` At All. Thank You && Goodbye.
     
  9. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 2,062   +8

    Yes. Very true.
     
  10. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    That being said, this is a place of at least semi-professional environment. Typing lyke dis is not an effective way of communication for some, and is certainly not professional.

    We are not judging, just expecting a certain level of maturity.
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    This is my take on the grammar debate.

    It can be very annoying when someone posts in what I would call slang or text speak. Wherever possible, the use of plain English is easier to read and understand.

    However, I`m also aware that due to the international nature of Techspot, not everyone has English as their first language. Therefore, some allowances have to be made. Also, some people do suffer from varying degrees of dyslexia, this is quite a common condition. Again allowances should be made to accommodate this.

    As long as the point of a post is clearly understandable, I`m not bothered if it`s completely correct in grammatical terms.

    Hell, I know for a fact, that some of my typing and grammar leaves a lot to be desired, but this is a tech site, not a literary site. ;)

    Regards Howard :)
     
     
  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    You brought out a very good point...I think that a resonse like, "Mi commmsputer is brokkesn" may show that someone might have some spelling issues, although someone typing, "My c0mput3r 1z br0k3n" is a little "off" of the chart if you know what I mean. Also, the use of capital letters might not be known to most non-native speakers of the English Language....for example, in Spanish (Julio + Wolfram could back me up on this ;) ) you do not capitalize certain things; for example "Monday" is written like "lunes" so there might be some errors. The only question I have is why that person didn't fill in their location knowing that they may not have mastered all grammatical aspects of a language? I typically see peolple write things like, "I no speak english well....from xxxxx", which at least tells us that they don't have the fluency that a native speaker would, so we can't bog them down with bad karma or be angry at them.
     
  13. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Well to a point

    You cant really tell when a Brit types a thread or anyone else with an accent, other than key words like "watching the telly" or "fish and chips"

    With that said, just because you think your from the hood and in reality a little white boy that plays WoW 90% of the day but wants to talk black does not mean you have to type like you talk.

    "Wit diz" "Ya'll needz" and " Fo shizzle" are not propor english. Atleast make an effort to spell and type the way everyone else does. I am not a perfect speller or always use the best wording however I put an effort into atleast trying.

    I understand people are always going to try and express themself however using hood or slang talk in your writtin communication is not a way to make you look smart or differnt. Let all use the language we agreed upon.....

    Jall Gotz DaT ??
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,687   +334

    This:
    and
    Are completely ridiculous, and I don't think behavior like that should be encouraged at all. It is intentionally poorly written and takes more effort to read. In the case of this thread it didn't affect the comprehension of the post. But it can and does affect it in threads where someone is asking for advice like the example below:
    I think that is simply unacceptable.

    If people make mistakes in spelling or grammar that is fine, usually a simple misspelling caused by either not knowing how to spell a more complex word, or switching 2 letters around because you were typing fast, when you go to completely changing the whole structure of the word into something else it becomes a problem.

    I will no longer help topps999 out with any computer questions because of this, anyone else that intentionally screws up words will recieve the same lack of help from me. I'd encourage others to do the same. It is really a poor showing of the Techspot community and I hope we can passively control this issue by asking members to quit posting like that, or show them the door.
     
  15. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    I don't really care about how people type their posts. I try to type in perfect English all the time, but I do use shortcuts such as "cos" for "because" and stuff like that.

    I believe as long as its easily readable, AND understandable, it shouldn't be a problem. Like previously mentioned, this is not a literary site.

    If someone would type like this "Ya`ll Don`t Need To Sit Around Judgin` People Because Of The Way They TYPE. If You Don`t Got NOTHiN` Nice To Say Don`t Say NOTHiN` At All. Thank You && Goodbye." or "My c0mput3r 1z br0k3n", I'm not going to sit in front of my computer for a couple of minutes figuring out what they're trying to say, or having a big headache reading between the broken capslock key.

    And if its apparent that grammar is a problem, or the person has linguistic problems, I might spend more time figuring out the guy's problem, mainly cos he can't help it (there we go with the cos). It'd be nice if everyone typed in perfect English, but don't expect it.
     
  16. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Do you mean receive ? :)
     
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,687   +334

    Good job understanding my post BlameCanada.
     
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +357

    The thread has now gone beyond its original purpose, so I'm closing it.

    But before doing so... about competitions/contests, it's true we should start working on that and I hope to have the time to organize something soon. Last one was a Newegg initiative and not really ours. In the other hand (and prepare for a world exclusive), I'm getting married soon, which among other things tend to distract me a little bit from the site as you can imagine :)
     
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