When the internet and e-mail first started it was going to be very informal. No caps, puncuation optional, no paragraphs ect. Well it's grown up now and most of us at least try to write and spell correctly. However I do not worry about a few misspelled words, incorrectly used words or proper grammar, yours or mine. I was a terrible speller in school and barley scraped through composition. I'm sure there are a few more like me. If I can understand your post and I hope you can understand mine thats good enough for me.
Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
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Wow, that was pretty neat!
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I am more than willing to accept an occasional typo. I certainly make them when my fingers get ahead of themselves. But spell check is free, and easy to use. Or just try reading what you wrote; you'll catch most of the errors, and get a better sense of how your message will sound to the readers. I imagine many of the posters who correct others' posts feel as I do: I would prefer to have someone educate me on my mistakes, rather than continue to make the same ones. We are merely trying to provide assistance to those who may not have had the opportunity to learn proper spelling, punctuation, or grammar. It is an attempt to be kind and helpful, not an opportunity to be rude. However, when we are rewarded with a semi-literate and imflammatory reply to our offer of assistance, we might be tempted to perceive the replying poster as less cultured and sociable. Or a plain stupid jerk.
Several posters were correct that an occasional goof that doesn't affect the message of the post can be forgiven. On the other hand, you lose all credibility when you are trying to convince others of the value of your opinion and you fill your message with ignorant mistakes. If you took the time and effort to contemplate and develop the opinion, then it makes sense to take another few seconds to assure that it is presented well. To do otherwise is to discredit and disrespect your thoughts.
I have friends with dyslexia; they just take the time and effort to check their writing before presenting it. I have friends who have trouble with arithmetic; they use a calculator when needed, rather than make an error with possible poor consequences. I have friends with no sense of direction; they use a map or GPS to assist them in unfamiliar territory. Be less defensive when another person tries to help you, learn from their instruction, and try to improve yourself daily. I never let a day go by without learning something. Just because you may approach every post as an opportunity to attack someone else doesn't mean everyone else is out to attack you; maybe they have a benign intent.