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theezy
Joined: December 28th, 2007, 7:20 am

April 27th, 2013, 10:53 am

Do you have issues with people on forums who have bad grammar or spelling? Does it bother you more when forum staff do it?
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Joined: March 15th, 2009, 9:24 pm

April 27th, 2013, 12:44 pm

I dont care as long as its readable.

I make more of an effort now i am staff here though, compared to when I was just a member.
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kemcar
Joined: January 23rd, 2013, 6:03 am

April 29th, 2013, 2:41 am

I don't generally have issues, but yes it does look bad to see forum staff making grammatical or spelling mistakes. Does not create a good impression about the forum to new as well as existent visitors.
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Sabre
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Joined: January 31st, 2009, 7:12 am

May 5th, 2013, 3:35 pm

It is a bit annoying in my opinion if the grammar is absolutely horrible and completely incomprehensible. Small mistakes/typos are totally acceptable because we ALL do it. I think sometimes people take grammar/spelling mistakes too serious and others people do not take them seriously enough.
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chrispitt
Joined: May 16th, 2013, 1:00 pm

May 21st, 2013, 7:39 am

I don't care, because i have good commanding on spell.
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iiwalk
Joined: February 23rd, 2008, 3:03 am

November 16th, 2013, 2:58 am

It doesn't matter to me as long as I'm able to read it.

I know some people are trying to improve their English. That is to say that some people have English for a second language and are trying to learn how to better communicate in English. I'll give some other people the benefit of the doubt as well. However, there are some people that post just plain weird. Those people are the ones that I wonder about. The people that make you scratch your head and wonder what's wrong with them.
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Subliminal
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November 16th, 2013, 12:58 pm

I'm dyslexic so my spelling and sentence structure could be better. Thankfully there's this thing called spell checker on most web browsers now, it's great. I think it's pronounced with a silent "s", I'm not too sure.. ;)
All kidding aside, you don't always know who's behind the other keyboard. Not meaning to make it sound creepy, but you don't know if the member is disabled either physically or mentally, you don't know how old they are or how smart they are - or even if English is their first language.
I have a few friends who live all over the world and English isn't their first language and sometimes it's difficult talking to them, not because of a language barrier but because our cultures are different, too.

It sounds as if I'm making any excuse I can think of for poor spelling and grammar, don't get me wrong a spell checker can work wonders and proper sentence structure is great, but everyone is different and as a staff member we can't moan about it or tell someone to use "propa" English, we have to be very tolerant and patient because it returns to not knowing who's behind the other keyboard.
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comedycomic13
Joined: February 7th, 2014, 4:47 pm

February 8th, 2014, 3:47 am

As long as I can read what the person is saying I am good.
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Promic
Joined: May 5th, 2014, 3:25 pm

May 11th, 2014, 10:15 am

I do not care these issues of grammar and spelling if they make sense.
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ChihayaBlueIdol
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 7:07 pm

June 4th, 2014, 4:23 am

I don't have anything against them, but it's not my fault if I misunderstand what they say.
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chronichaos
Joined: March 16th, 2014, 10:04 pm

June 10th, 2014, 9:25 pm

As long as everyone can understand the gist of the conversation, I have no problem with spelling or grammar being off.
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Wickett
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Joined: August 25th, 2008, 11:49 pm

June 11th, 2014, 2:41 am

its srsly shund hear
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Zeldamaster12
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Joined: May 3rd, 2014, 4:23 am

June 28th, 2014, 11:17 pm

It can be a pain, depending on how bad it is, but it doesn't bother me that much.
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kitti606
Joined: July 31st, 2014, 9:33 pm

August 13th, 2014, 3:53 pm

*Just caught every single grammar and spelling mistake in the thread and cringed hard.*

I'm borderline-maniacal about spelling and grammar, but I know I shouldn't be. It's as some people have said, you don't always know whether people on the other side of the computer even speak English naturally to begin with, whether they have a learning disability, etc. I'm the type of person to over-apologize when I make a mistake myself.

But if it gets to the point where I have to re-read a sentence multiple times to understand it (or still never come to an understanding), I can get really annoyed about it.

Actually, what I find kind of strange is how many people who speak English as a second language are much easier to understand when they misspell something, or use strange grammar, than when a native English-speaker does it. And I'm not even talking about people who are dyslexic or anything. I'm not sure why that happens.

Then again, there is this new, rising "Txt Spk" and "1337 5p34|<" generation, which many people point to as the primary cause for the loss of linguistic abilities. I don't know if I buy into that explanation completely, though...

The reason I tend to put so much emphasis on it is because typing is communication. It's already easy enough to misunderstand people over the Internet even while you employ every Strunk and White rule; I've seen people get outright insulted over misspellings and word misuse that in most cases could have been easily avoided with a dictionary, thesaurus, or a simple Google search in an extra tab.

Of course that whole "outright insulted" bit requires its own argument nowadays... sigh.
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PixieB
Joined: September 10th, 2008, 3:09 pm

May 15th, 2015, 5:43 pm

Subliminal wrote:I'm dyslexic so my spelling and sentence structure could be better. Thankfully there's this thing called spell checker on most web browsers now, it's great. I think it's pronounced with a silent "s", I'm not too sure.. ;)
All kidding aside, you don't always know who's behind the other keyboard. Not meaning to make it sound creepy, but you don't know if the member is disabled either physically or mentally, you don't know how old they are or how smart they are - or even if English is their first language.
I have a few friends who live all over the world and English isn't their first language and sometimes it's difficult talking to them, not because of a language barrier but because our cultures are different, too.

It sounds as if I'm making any excuse I can think of for poor spelling and grammar, don't get me wrong a spell checker can work wonders and proper sentence structure is great, but everyone is different and as a staff member we can't moan about it or tell someone to use "propa" English, we have to be very tolerant and patient because it returns to not knowing who's behind the other keyboard.
I don't think you are making excuses at all I think you are making great sense.
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Joined: January 23rd, 2014, 6:17 pm

May 17th, 2015, 11:12 pm

It is always very important to do the best you can, and you cannot ask for more.

The quote that PixieB posted written by Subliminal, sums it up all in one. If I do not understand a post, I normally reply, "Sorry, but I'm not sure what you mean there (username)?" Setting an example as an Administrator yourself, goes a long way to encourage members to take a little more care without drawing attention to it.

Misunderstandings will always occur on occasions, even if the sentence is well written, as everyone sees things through different eyes, however incorrect grammar and spelling, can lead to some confusion as we all know.

This situation can be relieved somewhat, through encouraging a friendly and respectful forum where members know the difference between a debate, a difference of opinion, and a rant.

Encouragement is one of those big words with a very big and effective meaning. :D
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Jupiter Knight
Joined: August 23rd, 2014, 7:37 am

May 19th, 2015, 6:31 pm

theezy wrote:Do you have issues with people on forums who have bad grammar or spelling? Does it bother you more when forum staff do it?
lol, nope!
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