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Poor Gramar/Spelling

By me(who else?)
May 24, 2004
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  1. Goalie

    Goalie TS Rookie Posts: 703

    Disregarding grammar and spilling mistake (which I'm often guilty of myself...)

    Julio asked about how to nudge people into reading the guidelines. The Uni that I used to attend had a TOS for network connections, and they had two tactics to help people read it. Probably a bit stronghanded for here, but I'm sure we could adapt it a little:

    1. The TOS was forced, literally, on the user until they clicked agree. Originally the account wasn't created until you clicked I agree, but I think now this process is after account creation, and is valid for any URL you try to go to with your student account. Could be wrong on that- but the concept of forcing them to read it after registration, regardless of where they try to go, might work.

    2. In said agreement, you had to check a checkbox before every paragraph indicating that you read, and agreed to the terms laid out. While it's not really an agreement for us, we might be able to word a general agreement, or do something similar there.

    Just some ideas, not necissarily suggestions.

    PS- A little quote for you to ponder from Alice in Wonderland:
    With that in mind, is it so hard to post a reply asking for clarification?
     
  2. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Posts: 303

    I am a teenager, I am capable of writing English sentences with capital letters and punctuations.

    I can't understand why some people just talk "lik dis all da time". It's FINE over IM or emails, but not on public forums. I just get "either retarded or English isn't first language" from them. Some people use the excuse, "i typ lik dis cuz itz 2 hard 2 typ norrmalee wit ma handz". Wow, it takes 1/2 second to reach for the Shift key!

    I believe typing lessons should be mandatory in schools nowadays, I mean, 90% of people use the internet! It's part of our lives now.

    Whenever I meet someone online who can type well I have respect for them and not for people who can't unless it's for a good reason. Sure, I am not perfect, but you can READ my posts!
     
  3. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Subkamran typing classes are mandatory in the states but still, people don't use proper Capitaliazation, Punctuation and Spelling. It's either that they don't care, or they're to lazy to do something as simple as Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling.

    P.S. I'd go for the they don't care one.
     
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Unfortunately, spellcheckers won't pick up grammatical errors such as the following ...

    quote ...

    "It's either that they don't care, or they're to lazy to do something as simple as Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling."

    correction ...

    "It's either that they don't care, or they're too lazy to do something as simple as capitalization, punctuation and spelling." ;)
     
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Now that's really being picky...:blackeye:

    Bottom line is most people can tell the difference between a spelling mistake & when someone purposely writes in IM talk or just plain bad English.

    If someone makes an honest mistake, 99% of the time it's forgiven & not even mentionned. If someone writes with bad spelling/punctuation/etc on purpose, they're just basically lowering their chances of
    1. being taken seriously
    2. getting answers to their questions
      [/list=1]

      Write any way you want, but if you're not willing to do an effort to write properly, most people will not be willing to read your posts.:knock:
     
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Hey, Didou, was that a spelling mistake I saw mentionned in your last post. ;)

    Sometimes its easy to forget to use smilies correctly just so as let others know when you're not being serious (see my last post). Essentially, I couldn't resist the temptation to point out a mistake to someone who was complaining about other's mistakes. Much like the first sentence in this post. It's just too hard to resist. Damn, its hard ... damn ....

    There are users here that can't spell, but it doesn't matter that much so long as their sentences are well formed.

    The only thing that I dislike is when users write in IM talk, because it isn't cool, not on a tech board. That's the key thing here. On a tech board you can't possibly sound like someone who supplies reliable advice, when you come across as uneducated because of lack of attention to grammar/spelling.

    Sadly, with the reliance on spellcheckers these days, and both US/UK English being used, it can be difficult to spell words correctly all of the time. Getting the grammar correct, however, should be a lot easier. If I spot my own spelling mistakes after posting, I will normally go back to edit and correct them.
     
  7. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Wow! Why does the English language have two different ways to spell to?!? I know it's because they mean two different things, but still!
     
  8. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 467

    I apologize for not using capitals in my posts. I will use capitals to start my sentences from now on.
     
  9. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Hey, you're doing a good job so far!
     
  10. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 433

    Akio: There are three ways to spell to: two, to, too.
     
  11. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Don't forget '2' ... :D
     
     
  12. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    No I didn't mean that two, I meant to and too. :grinthumb
     
  13. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 433

    HUH? They all mean different things, and they all have the same pronunciation. How do you figure that only the two of them are homophones? :confused:

    My bad, My sense of humor was turned off, now I get it...:blush:
     
  14. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 433

    Did anyone else notice that everyone seems to hate this thread, but it has >500 views! Seems kinda bizarre.:dead:
     
  15. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    They're probably all guests.... :rolleyes:
     


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