Date: May 30, 2011 12:47AM
Barmy, a word from a fellow proofreading fanatic:
When you frequent an online forum, please take your lead from the folks who have preceded you there. RfM is casual but fairly literate, so don't chip it to bits.
On other forums I visit, folks get ridden out of town on a virtual rail for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization--and God forbid you use common abbreviations like LOL, FWIW, DS, DD, etc.
It's as if you've worn a tux to a backyard barbecue, and are pissed that everyone else is in cut-offs and tee shirts.
Date: May 30, 2011 02:46AM
I still haven't figured out how to edit in this new format. I'm guessing you have to be officially logged in first.
As a result, I kind of cringe when I see typos in my own posts. OTOH, minor typos in other people's posts don't bother me. It's a bulletin board after all and we shouldn't expect posts to be at the level of a published book or article in terms of being free of typos and other insignificant errors.
That said, I still hope that the lose/loose loser/looser confusion will get straightened out eventually. I've lost track of how many times I've read someone being described as a "looser," causing me to imagine someone unbuckling the belt on their baggy, out-of-control, oversized pants, only to realize later on that the poster meant to say "loser." ;o)