(I hope this doesn't seem like a rant about 'the good old days'.)
I've noticed over the last several years the level of... readability of the content here has dropped significantly. I think I've generally been fairly laid-back about it, as I don't mind when people don't capitalise things properly or confuse some common words (they're, their, there; your, you're; etc), or even random jumps in logic. But lately I've seen some posts that I doubt would pass as a text message. My standards are likely higher than many others, which is why it's causing me trouble; I understand that this is my own issue, but I do wonder if anyone else feels this way?
I believe that our culture is shifting and the way young people write is changing, and while I'm not particularly happy with it, I don't think I could do much to change it. I do try to represent the younger generation as best I can in terms of spelling/grammar/clarity/overall writing sexiness, but I feel like I'm in the minority. I'm not here to call out anyone or make a public statement or anything; I'm simply curious as to what caused this change (mainly in the context of this website). Are there now more people here who aren't native English speakers? Are there more who have a disability or something else that would cause difficulty writing? Has the average age of ADISC shifted downwards (assuming that it is the younger people generally writing this way)? With the increase in content, are people overwhelmed and in a rush to reply, leading to poorly thought-out responses?
Or have the proportions always been this way, and now that there are more threads, it's more noticeable?