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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 31st December 2006, 09:39 Thread Starter
 
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yer would love to know what they say , have they got anything up there sleave for the sat nav ? be nice to get a poi update maybe evenn safty cams on there , we await you post rich rob
I presume you meant :-

"Yes I would love to know what they say. Have they got anything up there sleeve for the Sat Nav? It would be nice to get a POI update maybe even safety cameras on there. We await your post Rich, Rob"
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 31st December 2006, 13:16
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Parky, you knew exactly what IWANTACIVIC meant! You just thought you'd be clever! I hate it when people like you comment on others people’s grammar and spelling, all it does it put people off from posting. If you think forums are a about demonstrating your language skills, I really think you are missing the point! This is a great forum with lots of information and views for EVERYBODY!

At least he got RichRobs’ name right!

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I comletely agree this is not about belittling people but about a group exchanging info.
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I comletely agree this is not about belittling people but about a group exchanging info.
I agree, but you have to be able to read what has been posted and sometimes it is not very easy from some posters.

As we are supposed to be of driving age here I just thought we might be able to use language that everyone can understand without having to decode slang, work out what words mean and where sentences start and end.

To me the style and tone used is lazy and disrespectful, an opinion I think I am entitled to. We all make mistakes when we type, but what is hard about reading what you are going to post and correct the really obvious errors.

The post I pointed out was one of the better one's others can take 2 or 3 reads before you understand what is being written.

I'm more than happy to not post here again if that is what people want.

Personally I don't see an issue with trying to improve the level of English (or other language) used here.

Maybe I'm just too old ! I don't want to speak in 'txt' talk or have to try to decipher it.

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im sorry parky you could not read my post.
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As everyone knows, one of the rules here is "no txt spk". Sometimes though, some posters genuinely find it more difficult to write perfect English than others, for reasons that may not be apparent to the reader.

IWANT has apologised, and you don't see that very often when this type of thread appears on forums - so the thread has not been binned, but is still open for polite discussion!
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I'm with Parky all the way on this. I guess it is an age thing but, at the very least,surely it can't be that difficult to start each sentence with a capital letter?
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As everyone knows, one of the rules here is "no txt spk". Sometimes though, some posters genuinely find it more difficult to write perfect English than others, for reasons that may not be apparent to the reader.

IWANT has apologised, and you don't see that very often when this type of thread appears on forums - so the thread has not been binned, but is still open for polite discussion!
I think Pottsy has it spot on. As long as people try to post comprehensible english it's good enough for me. This does appear to be a very grown up forum full of more mature members, which is a enjoyable change from normal car forums. The benefits of this are great - useful information, well structured posts, discussion that's enjoyable and easy to read and no boasts about how many people members have wasted in their blingin' cars complete with neons, which have been insured in their parents names.

As mentioned, some people have genuine difficulty in doing this, whether this be due to dyslexia, lack of time, perhaps their english skills aren't that great or it may just be down to the fact that they don't write much these days, even things like a lack of keyboard/computer skills is enough to make the poster write in txt speak or use too many appreviations. On the other hand, they may just be lazy.

Taking my own posts for example. I try to write in sentences and use a little structure in what I post, but I know I'm terrible at languages, suck at spelling and don't even understand what grammer is. This isn't helped by the fact I'm a Programmer by day. As I don't type or write perfect English all day long, I'm pretty sure my language skills have went downhill over the last few years and for that I apologise. Now, who wants to pick out the spelling mistakes?
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It is a fair point that is being made here BUT i really think that it could have been highlighted alot better.

Parky, you didnt know when you posted the first post if the person you were refering to had dyslexia or anything like that, i just think you could have bought this issue to attention without targeting one member.
(did i spell anything wrong? sorry didnt have time to copy and paste into word to make sure its perfect )

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I'm not including people with dyslexia, but there is 'Spell Checker', for the rest of us.
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I am relatively new to forums, in fact, this is the first I have ever posted on. One of the things that has impressed me about this one is that I can understand what people mean, unlike some forums Iíve visited. I hope people are not put off posting just because they have difficulty with English grammar!
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First you can not moan and now you have to be perfect at typing, grammer and spelling!!

What next?
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Parky, you make a good point about posting being legible and easily understood but there was no need to make it personal. Hopefully his issue has been resolved now.
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Yes, just be grateful that this site is in English and not Japanese else we would all have problems!
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Yes, just be grateful that this site is in English and not Japanese else we would all have problems!
I thought it was, sometimes !!
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