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  1. #1 Forum Pet Peeves 
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    Why is it that many people cannot string a few words together without spelling mistakes, punctuation, or proper grammar ? I realize not everyone here has English as their first language, but cheech...

    So, while I am whining, here is my list of Forum Pet Peeves!

    - Poor subject headers: Stuff like "Help!" or "I have a problem" does not tell you anything. "Help. my computer is on fire" is much more descriptive and lets the reader decide whether or not to bother reading your blurb.

    - Run on sentences and poor spelling

    - Topics like "who do you think was the best ...." Personal preference is just that, personal.

    - ALL CAPS or no caps at all

    - "Me too" responses!

    - and lastly, having to re-read a sentence to understand that the heck it says! Making sure what you are saying comes out clearly, is not a bad idea...

    Ok, I'm done: what about you ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    - Poor subject headers: Stuff like "Help!" or "I have a problem" does not tell you anything. "Help. my computer is on fire" is much more descriptive and lets the reader decide whether or not to bother reading your blurb.
    This is not so much of a problem here as in other forums which encourage students to ask for help with their homework or other problems. On this forum, although a some do ask for help with problems, most of people usually start a thread because they have something interest to discuss rather than because they are asking for help. Even if it’s a thread asking for help on a problem, some problems can be so subtle that it’s just not easy trying to describe them in concise thread titles.

    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    - Run on sentences and poor spelling
    Run-on sentences are easily forgivable. Many people can’t type as fast as they think, so their fingers have an awful lot of catching-up to do with their thoughts. Run-on sentences are usually the result. As for poor spelling (which should be distinguished from accidental typos), well, I can sometimes find it annoying (particularly the use of “then” for “than” after an adjective in the comparative degree). But I’ve learnt to tolerate it. Bad spelling doesn’t bother me now as much as they used to.

    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    - Topics like "who do you think was the best ...." Personal preference is just that, personal.
    <shrugs> I have nothing against these threads. If I’m not interested in giving my opinion, I don’t have to – but nonetheless it can be interesting to read the reasons people give for their various preferences.

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    - ALL CAPS or no caps at all
    As with poor spelling, I’ve learnt to put up with them.

    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    - "Me too" responses!
    Yeah, me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    - and lastly, having to re-read a sentence to understand that the heck it says! Making sure what you are saying comes out clearly, is not a bad idea...
    Lots of reasons for that. Some people just find it hard to express their ideas in words. Or maybe English isn’t their first language. Also, some ideas are so complex that they literally defy description. Some mathematical proofs, for example, are by no means easy to explain in terms that the layman can easily grasp in just one reading – or even several readings. One such proof that comes to mind is showing that there is no bijection between any set X and the power set of X – the proof itself is no more than several lines, but because of the highly abstract nature involved, not many people find it easy reading.


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    Good responses Jane. You are far more diplomatic than I
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Ok, I'm done: what about you ?
    People making forum pet peeves threads.
    Eat Dolphin, save the Tuna!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark

    Ok, I'm done: what about you ?
    People who have obnoxious flashy avatars.
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    Yea i hate those bastards as well.
    Eat Dolphin, save the Tuna!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Q)
    Quote Originally Posted by CShark

    Ok, I'm done: what about you ?
    People who have obnoxious flashy avatars.
    :-D :-D :-D

    Or idiots who use too many :wink: icons
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    Stereotyping - making inaccurate generalizations about groups of people. There are at least three examples in current postings.

    You're all doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    Stereotyping - making inaccurate generalizations about groups of people.
    How do you feel about accurate generalisations?
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    I'd suggest that nearly all generalizations need some sort of qualifying statement to go with them. Otherwise we're back to "all swans are white".
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    All generalizations are false.
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    Hah! You nearly got me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    All generalizations are false.
    Generalizing is never productive...no, wait...or is it 'generalizing is always productive ?'
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    so what is it exactly that you have against lower case writing ? it happens to be my trademark

    or Do you pRefer thE odd caPital $pRinkLed in @t rand0M ?
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    People on forums who are arrogant pedantic nit-picking anal twits who get annoyed about the most trivial things

    And those with some kind of superiority complexes and waste forum space pointing out other peoples errors just to make themselves appear superior.

    Oh and hypocrites, like people who say one thing but then make posts which are opposite to the claims they are making.

    For example, those that say they make allowances for spelling mistakes and errors from non-English speaking contributors and then slag them off in other posts.

    Oh yeah, and people who slag off others for making typo and spelling errors but then seem oblivious to their own.

    Utter jerks
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    One track ponies.
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