This is the best kind of experiment. The kind where you don't have to do anything to participate.
Basically, this is an experiment to see whether knowledge presented to a given group will be applied.
The group, of course, will be made up of the ATS readership (yay!).
Seeing as how we mostly interact via the written word, this is pretty much the only way we can observe a change in the group knowledge base. By
studying differences in how we write. This makes sense, no?
So, my premise is to drop a bit of knowledge here, nothing important, and see if it affects a change on the group.
I often see, while reading, the use of "must of", "should of", etc. The correct form is "must have", or the contraction "must've".
Not a big deal. The intent is still conveyed. I'm not being the grammer police, just giving information that applies to the way we interact here,
the only place we can notice a difference on our group. If you want to still use "must of", have a day. It doesn't really bother me.
There must be, however, a percentage of people who, upon reading this nugget of information will say "why, I did not know that!", and will
henceforth use the correct form when writing. It's easy to see how this could happen. When spoken, "must've" sounds almost identical to "must
of". A simple error, easily made.
Now, for the last two weeks, I've been keeping a little checksheet when reading ATS. I just make a check every time I see the correct or incorrect
usage. In the threads/posts I've read over that time, the incorrect usage is leading with a 5:1 ratio. Your milage may vary.
Now, if ignorance is truly denied here, over the next few weeks I would think that that ratio should show some sort of decrease. Just having the
information made available to the group should result in said information being applied, if even to a limited degree.
So I'll continue my little checklist, and see if any change is affected. I'll post any results as I get them.
I know this isn't very scientific or anything. I was just curious.
So that's about it. You don't have to fill out a form, or do anything else. I don't want your credit card number.
The experiment is under way.