People; please read and re-read your message before you post. Use short, simple sentences. Use punctuation. If you do not understand the basic construct of the English language, reconsider your use of the internet.
Slow down a bit turbos....
Bear in mind that just as some people have speech defects which only the mean-spirited would give a spray to the individual about, there are some who actually DO have impediments when it comes to writing. By this, I take an example from a local 4wd forum where a "spelling nazi" was giving another a poster a bit of a serve. The original poster, in no uncertain terms, explained his displeasure at being lectured to and further explained that he suffered a form of dyslexia which made the use of a keyboard quite a significant chore. Maybe spare a thought here if the post spelling and grammar are not up to scratch. Laziness is no excuse, but just sometimes, there are folk who do find the keyboard quite intimidating.
there is no requirement for any user to post their identity on this forum.
if a poster can not be bothered using correct, or near enough to correct, English then I cannot be bothered reading their post.
Incorrect grammar already....Since the gender revolution we must say "...any user to post his or her identity...". The proper pronoun for 'his or her' would be 'their'. Do you have a more suitable construct for this sentence?there is no requirement for any user to post their identity on this forum.
"user" is a singular; "their identity" is plural.
I stayed away from this forum for a couple of years because I was sick of the insults and personal abuse directed towards posters. I returned when I was informed that the chief protagonist had been banned and others had been given a warning and told they were being closely observed. So congrats to the admins, things are much nicer here now.Compared to the absolute hammering that the Political parties are taking on our NSW thread especially concerning the closure of the main line in Newcastle our pollies in Victoria has got of rather lightly. Most of the time it is warranted when it comes to Public Transport. Clearly in this state, Public Transport Infrastructure is not where it should be and both parties have been fiddling around while Rome burns so to speak! Kudos to Premier Andrews and Minister Allan, whilst being a strident critic they has at least a plan and is acting on it. Something that has not been done really in the last 2 or so decades from both parties. Whether he gets the cash from the Feds as regards to the Melbourne Metro remains to be seen. At least he is getting rid of the level crossings. When a political party gets praises for what little they have done for Public Transport it deserves a rebuttal. When a Government replaces Melbourne Metro with another project based on a whim from a minister outside of the Transport Ministry, with no timeline and no plan and I pretty poor excuse as to why this is so, it deserves all the criticism it gets. Likewise the Bracks/Brumby Goverment handling of the Albury Corridor was very sloppy to say the least. Turning it over to a Federal Agency (ARTC) who ended up stumping up the majority of the cash to rehabilitate the line, is total rubbish. Yes I cannnot stand when people mention J Kennett who has not been in Government for 16 Years and at the time inherited a country rail network in a very poor state. However criticism of recent Govts is not being partisan at all.
When I post something that I'm pretty conifent about, I still give myself the escape clause of saying something like, 'I suspect', or 'from memory' just in case I am not quite right. But in an earlier life I was a profesional fact finder (I got 'Googled out of a job', once the internet matured), so I'm very reticent about claiming something to be utterly accurate without extensive research.
I can live with sloppy grammar, I blame the modern educational system rather then it's poor victims. The only thing that really upsets me is the political sledging that is rampant on this site (including by one of the admins). I can understand that members of a political party may get a bit excited during election campaigns and I can sort of forgive that. But when there is no election on the horizon why do our resident political warriors have to "sledge" members of the other "team", even those who have been out of office for decades? To me that's petulant, nasty and rather childish.
My Shorter Oxford says that use of "their" as the singular possessive for unspecified gender has been around for about 500 years (and its editors have since also adopted that use). Perhaps Valvegear is a bit older that we might otherwise think.Incorrect grammar already....Since the gender revolution we must say "...any user to post his or her identity...". The proper pronoun for 'his or her' would be 'their'. Do you have a more suitable construct for this sentence?there is no requirement for any user to post their identity on this forum.
"user" is a singular; "their identity" is plural.
The proper pronoun for 'his or her' would be 'their'.His or her means one or the other. His and her means both, and merits the use of "their".
My Shorter Oxford says that use of "their" as the singular possessive for unspecified gender has been around for about 500 years (and its editors have since also adopted that use). Perhaps Valvegear is a bit older that we might otherwise think.Now that is interesting - I have to say that I was going on what I was taught by the best English teacher I ever had - Mr Laurence Treacy at Melbourne High School. He insisted on "his or her". And, yes, Valvegear is a 76 year-old pedant who loves the English language.