I've noticed that many of the forum discussions that TA has tweeted lately have contained glaring grammatical and spelling errors. I find this disappointing and even personally embarrassing as it inevitably reflects not only on the original poster but on the forum as a whole and, by extension, the larger atheist community. I know written communication isn't everything, and it certainly isn't a high priority among the public generally, but we should try to meet a higher standard. Given the unlikelihood that individual posters will suddenly take more care when writing, I think the operators of the site's Twitter feed should consider not tweeting discussion titles with serious errors.
That's one poster's opinion, for whatever it's worth.
If I hover my cursor over your highlighted "begin", I get an advertisment for ChristanEducation dot com. How ironic!
I'm trying to find that highlighted word. No success so far. Link?
Edit. I think I found it. But that word isn't highlighted for me. Either he edited it later, or you have an infection of your browser or computer. I suspect the latter.
(Here since I can't reply to @Kris Feenstra directly).
Yep, precisely. I'm a computer professional and I've seen such forms of malware known as "adware". I'd run Safer Network's "Spybot" (I'd suggest the current release candidate), or Lavasoft's AdAware (among others), or even Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware over your system, @Strega. You might also check for the installation of various browser toolbars. Rule of thumb for those? NEVER install browser toolbars.
Richard - any chance it's in a cookie? She could delete those --
No. Cookies are strictly informational and not functional. They do not directly affect the operation of any browser or other software on their own. It takes another application to interpret the data of a cookie and act on it for it to have an influence.
Now I know it's not TA advertising to support funding, I'm quite cross about it - thanks guys for letting me know. Wasn't cookies, I nuked all those and had to sign in again, but the underlined links are still there. I only have the stumbleupon toolbar installed. I'm off to find this 'spybot' software now, thanks very much indeed!
Kris, Arch, Richard, you guys rock.
I made an invalid suggestion - not sure that "rocks," but "Thank yuh, thank yuh vera much --!"
I disagree, its about the issues not the spelling or grammar. I'd rather the forum have a more relaxed attitude than for us all to turn into spelling nazis.
Perhaps Think Atheist could consider including a spell checker, just as Yahoo Answers has. But personally I like to concentrate on the issues.
I tend to agree with arch and Rea. I focus more on the content than the form. Also, while I try to use good spelling and grammar, I also make quick posts from work (like this one), and I understand that I can get sloppy. I've seen too many boards where things degenerate into picking at each other's spelling, and no useful information flows.
The difference is sloppiness due to the immediate circumstances of the poster (including being at work, dyslexia, English not being one's primary language, etc.) and simple disregard of the forms. While I will readily agree that the message content is more important than the outward form, it's an unfortunate truism that that form is part of that content, if only a minor one. Careless disregard of that issue detracts from the substance of any conversation.
For my own website, Obfuskation, I've been known to go back into a page, just to add a single comma, because I personally feel that perfection in writing is required, to be believed, and if I'm going to set myself up as some kind of authority on my subject, it's important to me, that I be credible. That said, I don't criticize the writing skills of others (except for Unseen), just because I happened to have been fortunate enough to have relatively good ones of my own. There are a lot of people out there, who can do a GREAT number of things better than I, and I freely acknowledge that. If I can understand what someone means, that's good enough for me.
I recall quoting this anonymous poem before, and it may well have been early on, in this seemingly never-ending thread, this 25-page (so far) much a-do about nothing, but it may be worth quoting again:
There once was a man,
With a tongue of wood,
Who essayed to sing,
And in truth, it was lamentable;
But there was one who understood,
What the man wished to sing,
And with that, the singer was content.