Spell Check

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When people post questions and/or comments in this forum and they don't use proper spelling, does it make their point seem less valid in your eyes? I think everyone has some sort of spell check on their computer, right?

I'd love everyone's feedback! :)









Added Jan 18th: I'm not talking at all about English as a second language.



Also, it sounds like some people need to read the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves.



http://www.amazon.com/Eats-Shoots-Leaves...

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Pepper - posted on 01/17/2010

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omg lik tots i h8 it wen ppl cnt spl rit !!!

Yes, absolutely. Random spelling mistakes, typo's or even a couple shortened words is easy to forgive but having to decipher a 500 word, run on post with maybe 5 words spelled correctly though - Auto-SKIP. Next post, thank you! Periods, comma's and paragraphs would also be a wonderful addition to spelling properly.

Iysha - posted on 01/17/2010

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Spelling mistakes don't bother me...I type fast and sometimes my letters get turned around or I put an apostrophe after the letter when it was supposed to come before. I also seem to not always capitalize the letter "I" when it is supposed to be capitalized....the "shift" button gets hit a split second after =]



I like to read my posts after I am done writing them to make sure that I don't make these errors. We are moms and sometimes we are trying to type fast in order to finish up and tend to the kids, so not everyone can read over their posts. Those errors are understandable.



The text typing is annoying and does make me think "uneducated" and "young/unexperienced," therefor, "not the women I want to be taking advice from."



It is just hard to take anything written that way seriously. A person's creditablility is strongly associated with how they present themselves and that includes the language they use and how they choose to present themselves both orally and written, or in this case, typed.

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Angela - posted on 02/11/2012

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Yes, I DO feel a post is less valid if someone couldn't even be bothered to spell and punctuate correctly.



And paragraphs are important.



I often wonder whether the contributor left school very early or maybe never bothered attending school.



I don't mean small or common spelling mistakes, or errors that are from typing wrongly. I mean when every other word isn't just spelled wrongly, it's spelled atrociously wrongly.



And when talking in the first person singular, you capitalise the "I". Looks very ignorant and uneducated to have it in lower case.



It's entirely different of course if the contributor doesn't have English as their first language.

Renae - posted on 01/18/2010

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I also agree with Krista. Sometimes I read the topic and think I might have something to say but get 3 lines into the question and give up in frustration. Paragraphs people! Actually, some basic punctuation would be good too!

Renae - posted on 01/18/2010

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Good book! I used to work with an ex english teacher who loved that book.

I am slightly more likely to reply when the "internet quick-spell-jargon" (I have no idea what else to call it) is left out in place of proper english. Although I thought that was just me being old fashioned so I try not to be judgemental.

PS Funny Lindsay

Krista - posted on 01/18/2010

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There are a lot of posts on here that are just too damn much work to decipher. And it's a shame, because they probably have legitimate questions buried in all that text, and I'd love to help them. However, when I see a post that is incredibly lengthy, with no paragraph breaks, no punctuation and abysmal spelling and grammar, I usually wind up just skipping past it.

JL - posted on 01/18/2010

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I love taking the time to decipher the never ending sentence full of text talk. The headaches and complete confusion I get from re-reading just the first few words over and over make my day. By the end I don't even remember the point of the OP.



Try using a period please. Hit enter and break up the thought. Technically a classic paragraph consists of 5 organized, themed, coherent sentences.

Charlie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yes , only if its really bad and obviously not a second language ( yes you can tell ) and especially if its written in text ,i just dont read them unless i want a headache.Typos dont bother me .

OH AND ALL CAPS IS GREAT I LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE CYBER YELL !!!

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For me, it depends on the type and number of mistakes in question. If the post is full of them, I will sometimes just skip over it, especially if the "mistakes" are grammatical and spelling short cuts (text speak, etc.). If you don't have time to write at least a semi-well crafted reply, then I don't have time to read it. But if the person is either using English as a second language or is passionate about a certain subject (which tends to make people type more quickly and make more mistakes), or if they just seem to be making typos, I will ignore the errors.

Pepper - posted on 01/17/2010

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Carol;



I don't even bother with the run on posts anymore. I will read the first 2 lines of a post and if I have to decipher more than a handful of words I skip it! It's just not worth the headache lol







Mel;



Capitalization is learned with very basic typing skills. If you aren't typing properly, it's safe to say you 'have to think' about what you're typing anyways.



You should learn how to type properly. Then capitalization, punctuation and spelling (with the help of a very handy spell check program) becomes something that is natural, because you have taken the time to learn the best methods to make it easier.



Signing up for a basic level typing course can help to rid you of all of your bad typing habits.

Amie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Oh I will point also that I have no issue with people who struggle with English as a second language. People like that I am sure is not what this thread is geared towards. (At least I am hoping not.) It's not easy learning a new language but when it's been the main one in your life then there is little excuse!

Amie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Sometimes I can understand it. Others times it's blatantly obvious whoever is typing is just a numb skull.

I'm not a big grammar freak, mine isn't always stellar either. I CAN NOT stand run on posts though. It really is not hard to hit the enter button so you break up your post(s) into paragraphs. It's way too much of a head ache to read all of that and the vast majority of the time I just skip those kinds.

Punctuation, ok perhaps I can understand if someone is making the effort. I'm sure I make mistakes putting comma's, etc. in the wrong spots but no/very little punctuation is just as annoying as no paragraphs.

It does make a person look like an uneducated buffoon. Honestly, it's not that hard to type properly. If you are a chicken pecker typist there's even less of a reason for mistakes since you are already taking so long typing with just two fingers! Ugh...

Mel - posted on 01/17/2010

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I know. Its because I dont normally use capitals not since school so I actually have to think about it to use them. I worked in an office til I was 16 but since then on check outs I had no need for computer stuff so only use it for msn and facebook

Johnny - posted on 01/17/2010

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Pepper Smith
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omg lik tots i h8 it wen ppl cnt spl rit !!!

Yes, absolutely. Random spelling mistakes, typo's or even a couple shortened words is easy to forgive but having to decipher a 500 word, run on post with maybe 5 words spelled correctly though - Auto-SKIP. Next post, thank you! Periods, comma's and paragraphs would also be a wonderful addition to spelling properly


I completely agree!

I am also willing to be very forgiving to those who clearly struggle with English as a second (or third or fourth...) language. It is not hard to tell the difference between lazy and learning a new language. And I do not consider text to be an attempt at writing in English.

Generally though, the people who are too lazy to use spell check, proper grammar, punctuation or who chose to write all in text don't seem to have much good advice to give or intelligent questions to ask. Every time I've taken the pains to read through one of those moronic postings, I regret it.

Pepper - posted on 01/17/2010

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Remembering punctuation is one thing, but you seem to forget to capitalize randomly.

After 1 period, you capitalize the beginning letter, but then after the next period, you don't.

Very peculiar.

Mel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Lol to Pepper - I have never remembered the commas and all that in ages haha. Also my keyboard stuffs up so sometmes I miss spaces or letters and it looks deliberate

Mel - posted on 01/17/2010

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if its full of short cuts then yes sometimes but Im not judgemental so it doesnt bother me. Plus I use short cuts myself just not too many. its much easier in typing. I use short cuts mainly on facebook and with my close frinds other wise I try to keep it pretty normal

Dana - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yes, I do think their point seems less valid. You should be able to use spell check or at least be able to spell most words correctly. I do understand though that English is not every one's first language.

Medic - posted on 01/17/2010

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I think that it makes them come across as less educated. I understand maybe having a few switched letters or 'typos' but using numbers for words and writing like they are texting their friends drives me crazy. Also when they misuse words ie; there for their and hes for his, stuff like that.

Ez - posted on 01/17/2010

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Short answer... yes.

If people are computer literate enough to navigate sites like Facebook and COMs, then using spell check really shouldn't be a stretch. Firefox actually has one that operates automatically, by highlighting mistakes as you go.

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