May I make a little, elitist, plea on behalf of the non-native English speakers here? Could the English speakers please spend the few moments in Preview to check the spelling and grammar of their postings before
. And it is not elitist - it is common sense and good manners, and polite!
We have HUNDREDS of members for whom English is not their first language.
We insist each member adds their locality to be visible to all, so all members can make allowances for folks who clearly do not have English as their first language.
I am proud at the helpful and patient way members respond to queries from these members. And to those members, trust me - posting on this kind of board is a SUPERB way to improve your fluency. I have a friend in Switzerland who learned all his now perfect, fluent English from a board such as this.
When those members read sentences here using proper grammar, proper spelling, and proper punctuation, it really does
assist them better understand replies to them. Or to understand threads that interest them.
This board will be a permanent archive for decades
. I'd like to think ALL members are proud
to see their
posts presented neatly and carefully - "you are what you post"
after all, and other members judge you on what they see.
says, the "PREVIEW"
button is there for everyone to use BEFORE hitting "SUBMIT". If you have messed up the links for photos or the "quote" feature etc, you will readily
see that, and can correct it before
anyone else does.
Sadly, a few regular members are just lazy and sloppy in their presentation. They know
full well it is not good, but do not seem to care that what they post often looks like rambling gibberish written by a 12 year old.
The same way no one will refuse entry to Sunday Church to someone dressed in thongs, stubbies and a beer stained singlet, no-one will stop any lazy posters from participating here. But do bear in mind you make EXACTLY the same impression on-line, as you will on the churchgoers.
Replies here in all lower case are a particular irritant. Great for quick text messages to your kids, but NOT good or welcome on this
Bulletin Board. EVERY
sentence in English starts with a capital letter, and EVERY member on this board knows that.
If it is "elitist" to ask folks to take a moment to prepare their posts with some thought and pride in how they will look - well too bad, I plead guilty as charged.
I can't stress enough how important it is for EVERY member to download the free www.iespell.com
and run EACH post through it before hitting "SUBMIT". It sits up on your "Tools" bar and takes just seconds to use. Try it out.
EVERY member when signing up agrees to abide by "The Rules" which are clickable atop each page. Part of them says:
17. Please Present Your Posts Thoughtfully and NEATLY
"You are what you post". You can come across to others here as either slap-dash and sloppy and near illiterate - or neat and tidy and professional - the choice is always yours. Some wise members even take a little time to use the "PREVIEW" button to look over their posts, to see if the image has loaded correctly, to see their HEADING makes sense and uses normal punctuation, to see whether the "Quote" feature worked, and to check the colour and bold and highlights are coded correctly etc.
Best of all they download the superb and free www.iespell.com tab that lets you quickly spell check every word in the post box BEFORE hitting "SUBMIT".
And they use PARAGRAPHS every couple of sentences. Vast globs of type with no paragraphs and no capital letters, and no spell check might be just fine for quick text messages from 12 year olds, but we hopefully will not see much or ANY of it on stampboards.com.
"You are what you post". Remember that. And others judge you on that. Please help us keep this board looking neat and professional. We all can do our bit.