Whenever I see threads like this one I always feel the need to weigh in. I would like to make a couple of brief points.
When these topics come up I always feel pretty much innocent of all charges. That may sound a bit arrogant although I don’t mean for it to sound that way. The reason I do not feel too much guilt is because I endeavor to be certain everything is as correct as I am able to make it be before I post. (Just like now when I had to look up the word “endeavor”.) So my first point is this; to those of us who are able, perhaps we just need to slow down and try a little harder to make certain everything looks right before we hit “post”.
My second thought is one I have eluded to before. Whenever these kinds of matters come up my mind immediately gravitates to one poster in particular who seems to struggle in this area, perhaps your mind does as well. Here’s where I believe we must proceed with much caution, concern and tolerance. If an individual is truly doing their best, if the use of proper punctuation and grammar have for one reason or another eluded their grasp, we must approach such a person with understanding and compassion. At that point we simply do our best to work through their posts and come to the greatest comprehension we are able of what they are intending to communicate. If any individual feels singled out and regarded as simpleminded by the rest of us, we are failing to accomplish a foundational objective of the forums by sidelining someone who otherwise is an engaging and pleasurable contributor here at YYE. If at any time I feel this individual, or anyone else for that matter, comes to believe they are being singled out as falling short of a level of articulation that measures up to an arbitrary standard to continue to join in to our conversations I will be very vigilant in their defense.