Heb, I used to be a court reporter, and there was a Court Reporter’s Forum on CIS where I was very active. It started out badly in the beginning, with various participants pointing out others’s mistakes. And understand, CRs pride themselves on their proofing ability, grammar, the usage of the correct form of words. Heck, that’s what we did for a living. But the larger effect was to inhibit the free flow of information. We wanted to build a community and build camaradarie. And people in their anger & embarrassment would just disappear when the Spell-Check Police (yes, that’s what we really called 'em) would publically list errors of commission and omission. Not what we were really looking for. (See, I ended on a preposition (sigh).)
If there is a mistake in my logic or in the information I provide, I’d love to know where others think I’m wrong. Call me stupid or fat in the process – hit me where my insecurities lie or put me down – and I shut down.
Heb, I’d like to think that people are writing, communicating, sharing what they know and at a level and in a way that is comfortable to them. I don’t want to point out mistakes in spelling or the like because as careful as I am, I make mistakes as well. Let he who is without sin . . . ? Well, I’m neither without sin or grammatical inconsistencies. (grin)
Yup, I’ve got Word & Outlook, on one of my computers, and I can copy and paste and spell check. But I don’t have it on another I borrow. I don’t assume that everyone has the same tools. And besides a spell checker helps with spelling, but not with correct form of the word. I’m still learning, and English IS my native language.
Bottom line, I want to know what people think – I can sort through what applies and what doesn’t. My plea to you, let’s not shut people down just because of their spelling, grammar, punctuation or the like. It’s a rough world out there, and the forum here has been my safe haven. I’d like it to be the same for others.
P.S.: And my public apology, you’re not a jerk. Patricia’s right.