And I'm really curious how everyone else feels about that.
I'm not talking about people who make the occasional error in typography or agreement or such. There errors happen to the best of us, and they get compounded for people who revise posts as they write them. I know this from personal experience as I write this way; this is also why if anyone sees a post I wrote while in a passionate mood, you'll see it adjusted 5-6 times over the 20 minutes following me hitting Submit Post.
However, there are people whose posts are regularly compounded by frequent and diverse errors. Not just lazy mistakes like skipping capitalization, but mistakes that make me think the person actually just has poor literacy.
- Words spelled phoneticly.
- Sentences that ramble and go nowhere and oh I like cats does anyone else like cats and yea you're right about that point you made I guess. [stream-of-consciousness sentences]
- Totally weird and,, wrong,, punctuation.
- People who format a post physically like whatever the fuck. You all know the posts I mean. If you don't... sorry.
I don't make a big stink about it, typically, because I understand that many people lack literacy skills (frankly, many people do) and some to bad degrees. I don't bitch at people for it for the same reason I don't bitch at someone in a wheelchair because they broke their leg. It's rarely their fault, and few people stay less-than-literate (hypoliterate?) by choice.
However, it gets me when such people are posting in the mature topics forum about really esoteric issues that really require a lot of abstract and non-intuitive thought. If you didn't come out of school with decent literacy, I tend to be skeptical of how much you sharpened your critical thinking skills along the way. I have a tendency to discard opinions by some people on more esoteric matters for this reason. Please note that this goes for people I agree with as well as disagree with on various issues.
Am I the only one? Is this wrong? Or do other people do it as well?