Disappointment with the grammar and spelling of some TA users

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.

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Switch that 'S' to lower case or I will beat you to death with that exclamation mark.

Just thought I'd offer a little grammar police brutality to help legitimize the cause.

Good work, Officer Feenstra.

As a commoner who holds no college degrees and watched the miniskirts of my high school classmates more than listen to the English teacher, I believe it smacks of elitism to demand correct grammar and punctuation on a social forum. The poster's subject matter is what provides the interest, not their ability to spell correctly or put that comma where it needs to be. I believe it is folly to suspect the intellect of an individual based on their communication skills. There are a lot of good ole' boys here in the woods of north Arkansas who are mentally quite capable of "whipping your ass" in a game of chess. So let's think about coming down off our high horse and "chew the cud" without pretense.

And yes, I am quite certain there is more than one grammatical mistake in my latest rebuttal. 

On the contrary, your post demonstrates that the lack of a college degree shouldn't keep someone from writing a paragraph which, at first glance, seems totally error-free. On the other hand, a well-educated and well-read woman and good conversationalist is unlikely to want to hook up with an illiterate, even if he can beat her at chess. She might learn to tolerate Confederate flags and rattlesnake roundups after a while, but someone who lacks command of the language is unlikely to be much of a conversationalist.

Or, she might just like the size of that "Alabama blacksnake."  Just kiddin'......

I've never seen a Confederate flag in Arkansas, and although I know they have rattlesnake roundups in neighboring Oklahoma, I've never known of any in Arkansas.

Well, you know me. I just lump all rednecks together. I don't make any fine distinctions.

Folks are just folks - they really don't lump all that well --

And sometimes they don't mix all that well...as well.

I'm sure you know it's the furthest thing from my mind to ever question you, I just thought it sent a mixed message to criticize the use of the Confederate flag, while at the same time, denigrating the color of a person's skin, if only on their necks --

But far be it from me to question your judgment.

I'm sure your intentions are absolutely pure.

Rarely.

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