New hardcore spelling rule at SFNE.com. Would it work here?

Monday, March 14, 2005 10:58 PM
The person who runs SFNE.com has a new rule that says if you spell more than three words wrong in your reply, you're banned for seven days. I believe there was also an emphasis on punctuation. Apparently, things had gotten that bad (although it's fairly typical of most other forum sites--name your subject matter). Most of the people who reply on this site are fairly good spellers, but there are some who make me wonder if they are still teaching English in school.
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Monday, March 14, 2005 11:10 PM
Perhaps a little harsh since no one is perfect, but I wouldn't have too much of a problem with it. I bet it will be a nightmare to enforce. Imagine how this would hurt the people who can't keep "break" and "brake" straight.
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Monday, March 14, 2005 11:13 PM
That's 100% retarded.

Those of us who are dyslexic, who don't know how to spell certain words (but looks close), or who just make the occassional accident are just about all of us.

Pobody's nerfect in Australia... and anywhere else

To err is human, and to just freak out over a few misspellings just shows how analy retarded one can be.

The only typing I hate is L33T Speak & Chat Lingo.

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Monday, March 14, 2005 11:30 PM
Actually, DawgByte, it's "anally retarded," with two l's. ;)

I'm an editor, so I spend my entire work day looking for misspellings, incorrect usage, etc. My biggest grammar pet peeves here are the aforementioned break/brake misuse, and adding apostrophes to pluralize words. Folks... just add an "s" or "es" to pluralize most words - NOT an apostrophe. That's only in special instances when adding "s" or "es" would be confusing, such as when you write that you got two A's on your report card. Without the apostrophe, it looks like "As." (Or like I did above with "two l's.")

It's a exercise in futility trying to enforce good grammar and spelling. You just have to get it into people's heads that when you type well-written e-mails, posts, etc., you come off as more intelligent sounding.

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Monday, March 14, 2005 11:58 PM
Is there a hyphen in "anal-retentive"?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:03 AM
I'm sure that if a rule like that was implemented here, we would have a lot less discussion...hang on a minute while I get out my Spelling Ace and see if I spelled that sentence correctly...OOPS, I forgot the "e" at the end of minute...let me change that. Okay, where was I?...Oh yes, because there would be a lot less people. I believe we would miss out on a lot of really interesting...Wait-Did I spell that word right? Let me check...Yeppers!!! :) I did! Umm...Continuing, really interesting opinions and some of us who get banned every week would not be able to partticipate...Wait...I mean participate.

I can't spell as well as some others here on CB; It's common knoledge, I believe. CB HAS made me a much better speller, but I still slip sometimes. I feel it is wrong to laugh at others weaknesses, and even worse to deny them participation, like SFNE.com is doing.

I am really interested to hear what Jeff thinks.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:06 AM
As a person who is a horrible speller and was never taught grammer in school I think that is a little harsh.

It is fairly obvious to pick out those who use lingos and by design mispell their words constantly and those people who do should be punsihed. However for the stupid people like me who misspell and have bad grammer by accident as well as those of us prone to typos due to poor keyboarding skills should not be banned.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:15 AM
"Duude thet iz leet harrdcore...knot attall kewl..."

ARRRGGHH! I hate that kind of typing and spelling...those are the posts that should be deleted, not ones with a few minor spelling errors/typos.

P.S. What's a pirate's favorite country?

Answer: ARRRRRRgentina! ;)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:31 AM
I'd just limit each of my posts to one sentence and make multiple posts anytime I wanted to say something. ;)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:58 AM
If CB forums had an "edit" feature where people could fix their spelling and grammar errors...that would be awesome!

mOOSH ;)

*** Edited 3/15/2005 5:59:18 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:59 AM
I think anyone, ANYONE, found typing 'alot' instead of 'a lot' should be dragged out behind the barn and shot.

Of course my friends have accused me of being a little extreme from time to time.

:-)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 1:13 AM
Extreme would be a hearty beating with a blunt object. ;-)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 1:17 AM

DawgByte II said:
The only typing I hate is L33T Speak & Chat Lingo.
I'm pretty sure that's what Alex is really after. And I say good for him. It's good to see a teenage Web jockey standing up against illiteracy on his corner of the Net.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:14 AM
"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe."

The occasional lysdexia should be tolerated, but I can't stand all the AOL chat internet type.

Duz NE1 no whut 1m talkin @b0ut??????///!!!?111 *** Edited 3/15/2005 1:16:59 PM UTC by Greg***

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:16 AM
Olsor, as an editor who is correcting others, as you are, you should proofread your own post and realize its "an exercise", not "a exercise." :)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:38 AM
Anybody interested in a good read about grammar and spelling should check out the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves."

"Alot" is certainly annoying as is the misuse of "its" and "it's." *** Edited 3/15/2005 1:39:15 PM UTC by millrace***

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:44 AM

Greg said: The occasional lysdexia should be tolerated, but I can't stand all the AOL chat internet type.

Exactly. When typing fast (especially for those of us who are doing this all on the sly at work) an occasional spelling mistake (and grammar) mistake will get in. Personally, even thought I can spell the words "and", "the" and "that", when typing fast they often come out as "nd", "hte" and "htat".

On the other hand...

n e 1 hoo rites like this shuld b banned rite away b cause this iz just hard 2 reed. Just sum budy trying 2 b fun e, layzee or iz just stoopid.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 10:06 AM

COASTINGTHRU said:
Olsor, as an editor who is correcting others, as you are, you should proofread your own post and realize its "an exercise", not "a exercise."

Believe me, editing and writing are two completely different exersizes. ;)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:28 AM
^^^^ true, so very true :)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:51 AM
Yikes! My horrroscope is kind of dead on today. It says "Getting people to think like you is impossible. So try and come to a consensus with the people you're pretty much stuck with."
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