reply to post by NoRegretsEver
Don't take it to heart NRE. When it happens to me, I shrug it off and laugh because, IMO, it means they couldn't find a hole in my argument - so they
were forced to resort to nit picking it apart.
Not knowing how anyone else does this... But I treat ATS posts differently than I would a letter or professional presentation. I try to make what I
write, here, more casual - more as if it were spoken. That approach, in my opinion, better suits this medium of communication. If one has a lot to say
and uses proper, indented paragraphs to do so? Well it ends up being the dreaded wall of text. I can read a solid paragraph in a book. But on a
monitor? Much more difficult on the eyes.
Most of us are here conversing with text as the tool. Not writing academic papers. Therefore, I think, most of us do respect a more casual approach
here, and understand why it was chosen. It is the more effective method in this environment.
In my own case, I sometimes mess up on the "your-you're" and "then than" thing and I also sometimes misspell proper nouns or other words my spell
check isn't sure of. I try to Google anything with a spell check flag - but with proper names I sometimes do not, thinking that my spelling was
correct. But this does not mean that I do not know the difference or proper usages. What it does mean is that I can type about eighty words per minute
and, as mentioned, tend to view this more as a conversational medium - so I rarely proofread. Even when I do, it is usually only cursory and quick.
All in all... I have a half sister who is a professor and is very anal about grammar. I never write her and have only spoken to her a few times. She
is dry, boring, and irksome to deal with. I'd rather be capable of mistakes and a bit fun. Ya know?
Actually the people who are super anal about grammar, spelling, and structure? Well it actually says more about them
than it does about the
writer anyway. And if they can't see the forest for the trees? Well, that's their problem. No?
edit on 10/14/12 by Hefficide because: abusing the word "actually" - five yard penalty.