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Old 07-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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We're not tweeting here!

Not that many years ago, keyboarding in caps was considered bad manners because it was interpreted as shouting and the poster would be promptly reminded. Now, with the proliferation of smart phones and tablets, seems like anything goes, format wise, with some folks.

I really don’t like seeing the ‘dumbing down’ of written communication seeping into this forum. Bear in mind I don't mean the occasional grammatical error or misspelling. And I understand the shortcomings of using a smart phone or a tablet to post on this or any forum. But we’re not texting or tweeting here, we’re communicating questions or ideas with hundreds, if not thousands, of others. How much more difficult is it to type ‘to’ instead of ‘2'; ‘for’ instead of ‘4'; ‘are’ instead of ‘r’; ‘you’ instead of ‘u’. And maybe even put a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence or a period at the end of it. Then, how about reviewing what one writes before pressing ‘send’.

I know we want to be inclusive and welcome anyone who wants to be here. But when I read a post containing what I mentioned above, I tend to think the poster doesn’t care much about his question or idea, so why should I.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Not all uneducated persons are stupid. If the poster cares enough to expend the effort to try to communicate a question on this forum, I feel we should be polite and try to answer.

By The Way... you forgot a question mark at the end of your rant.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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u must have been a English teacher. Most here don't worry about such small things in others that post.


i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs then should have no problem with any post on iRV2.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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Not all uneducated persons are stupid. If the poster cares enough to expend the effort to try to communicate a question on this forum, I feel we should be polite and try to answer.
Never said anybody was uneducated or stupid. This texting/tweet phenomenon just seems to be taking over written communication. The effort, or lack thereof, expended to try to communicate is the issue.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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By The Way... you forgot a question mark at the end of your rant.
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It is all about change. While I get tired of my spell checker fixing things in ways unintended, I wouldn't get rid of it either. The texting form of short hand is certainly the computer form of phonetics but for the most part, I read it well. The ultimate goal of any forum like our is transfer of knowledge and hopefully have some fun.

I would much rather read a well versed shorthand message that gives me information than a well written one that doesn't. I'm just long winded enough to try to use better grammar. LOL That being said, I take good information in any form I can get it.

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Old 07-29-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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u must have been a English teacher.
Nope. Not a teacher. I was just raised in a time when people were taught to take pride in their written communication and make it easy for others to understand.
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I can read just about anything people post. Sometimes, it takes me 4-5 tries to understand what they are trying to say, because absolutely zero punctuation.
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I have been saying for some time now that in no time at all, the written sentence with punctuation, etc. will be gone. The younger generation won't know the difference. I fear the shorthand way of writing will become the norm. I agree that we will continue to read it and respond to those writing, but as stated earlier, it sometimes takes many attempts to understand the poster's thoughts. I'm just old enough to be "old school" in some ways. (Even though my boys are 34 & 31, I still correct them at times, and they hate it. I can't help myself!!)
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While I agree with Half Dimes' post in principle, the reality is that with the younger generations' increasing interest in the RVing lifestyle, we will see more and more posts of the type described.
Like it or not, we are not the grammar police and if RVing is to continue to attract "new blood" and remain relevent to new generations, we'd best accept it.
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If some people talked the way they type, they would get some weird looks. How about adding a comma or period where you would take a breath.
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Nope. Not a teacher. I was just raised in a time when people were taught to take pride in their written communication and make it easy for others to understand.
Thank you! It's nice to know I'm not the only one.
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I can read just about anything people post. Sometimes, it takes me 4-5 tries to understand what they are trying to say, because absolutely zero punctuation.
You're more patient than I am.
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