Spelling and punctuation

 
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

I either can't understand this, or people don't bother to preview their posts anymore!


how hard would it then to negotiate in the donatin a caluse that any commercial profit is split 50/50 for example or that that donating company has first rights to the donation over competing companies or a combination of both !

theres solutiosn to everything, it's just a matter fo tryign ahrder to fidn the and compramise with all involved parties to satisfy everyone
May I ask what is a caluse?
It seems as though this post was done in haste. Occasional typos I don't mind.

Perhaps R/Page should start an English lesson.

About to reply to a post & once again found this:
a guy jumped in front of a train at lidcombe tonight about 6.30 aparently he layed down on the tracks as the train pulled into the station luckily the train coming in the opersite direction sore him and notifyed the on coming driver. Two people jumped down onto the tracks and grabbed him by the neck and abused the [BLEEP] out of him. He then got arrested by the police
Now I know JoM may agree with me, JoM what is it, with our Australian education system? As pointed out before, on occasions, it can make it hard to understand. Were not saying you have to be perfect, just make it easier for us to read.

Please preview it first, & use punctuation (Looks like the spellcheck button is getting lonely too!)

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  Byrnesy Minister for Railways

Location: Gone
When I first joined Railpage, I was guilty of sometimes posting in SMS chat lingo or other small errors like not using capitals at the start of sentences and for placenames. However, I soon realised from reading my own posts how ugly and disconcerting it is, so I now post in proper language.
  Siemens725M Chief Commissioner

Location: Frankston
I do this sometimes but there are a few poster's that consistantly will do this no matter how many times they are told. Its almost disrespectful to the other members. Sometimes I make mistakes like "connextion" which is out of a bad habbit of repetitivly writing CONNEX and CONNECTION. But I think most members can live with an accident like that. Accidents like KNIG KOG (Meaning King Kong) though are a bit "out there" and taking mistakes too far.
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
The guy who wrote that was trashed. But the result was downright funny! I still crack up from time to time when I think of that thread Smile

I wish more people would post drunk
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland

I wish more people would post drunk
"ARG706"


Would posting while high suffice?

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=38764

Credit goes to TLD™ for posting the link in another thread...
  station street Chief Commissioner

My posts are so bad I could win the "Railpage Australia's Worst Sepller Award"  Very Happy

I've had numerous arguments with many posters (Particularily Siemens725m) about my crap posts. They all have a purpose. Even if I myself can't remember what it was.... Wink

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  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
I can read your posts fine. You're far from the worst here.

There was a question in the MSTS forum I was going to reply to but I couldn't make out what the hell the poster was trying to ask.
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

I have again struck a post that doesn't even attempt to include any punctuation, and makes posts had (impossible in cases). If their is no punctuation, capital letters, how do we know if they are asking a question & where the question finishes?
Is it really that hard to use punctuation or to spellcheck?

BTW, it's does, not dose
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
. If their is no punctuation,
"Ron_D"


BTW, it's "if there is no punctuation"

Mr. Green
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

It's "if there ain't no punctuation nohow".
  Ron_D Chief Commissioner

. If their is no punctuation,
"Ron_D"


BTW, it's "if there is no punctuation"
"2001"
Blame my keyboard!!
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
I've just discovered that I can spell-check the Rail page spell-checker!

First, the background.

I make use of two spell-checkers when posting on these forums.

The Rail page spell checker itself has the advantage of skipping formatting tags and quoted sections.  The latter is quite useful when the person being quoted has spelling mistakes, and particularly if the part I want to check is split over several sections by intervening quotes.  (It doesn't properly handle nested quotes, however).  On the other hand, it is not very good at suggesting the right word when it finds a mistake.  I frequently get the "no suggestions" box.

I also have ieSpell installed in my browser.  It is faster and better at picking the correct word, but checks everything in the post (or block of selected text), including formatting codes and quoted text.

So I tend to use the Rail page spell checker if I have multiple quotes, and ieSpell otherwise.

But just tonight, I realised that if the Rail page spell checker can't find the correct spelling to suggest, and I'm not sure of the correct spelling myself, I can then use ieSpell on the Rail page spell checker's dialogue box!  Thus I get the advantages of the Rail page spell checker plus the suggestion power of ieSpell.

Okay, most of you weren't interested in all that I supposed, but one or two of you might find it useful information.
  doridori Chief Commissioner

so peopel are that anal retentive it wouldnt suprise me if they record their stool samples !
  FieldShunt74 Chief Commissioner

[quote="doridori"]so peopel are that anal retentive it wouldnt suprise me if they record their stool samples !
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

The latter is quite useful when the person being quoted has spelling mistakes, and particularly if the part I want to check is split over several sections by intervening quotes.  
"John of Melbourne"

Not trying to criticise  you JoM, but I find correcting spelling or grammar in quoted material is a little rude.  I will leave it there and just politely ignore it, like a f*rt at a funeral.
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
The latter is quite useful when the person being quoted has spelling mistakes, and particularly if the part I want to check is split over several sections by intervening quotes.  
"John of Melbourne"

Not trying to criticise  you JoM, but I find correcting spelling or grammar in quoted material is a little rude.
"TheLoadedDog™"

That's why I listed an advantage of the Rail page spell checker being that it skips quotes.  See the preceding sentence that you didn't quote:
The Rail page spell checker itself has the advantage of skipping formatting tags and quoted sections. The latter is quite useful when the person being quoted has spelling mistakes.
"I"
To put it another way, it is useful (when the quotee has spelling mistake) to be able to skip checking their text (which is in the quotes).

Comprehendé?
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
The major problem, John,  with the RP Spellchecker  - indeed many web spellcheckers - is that they are finely tuned to Uncle Sam's version of the English language.
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
The major problem, John,  with the RP Spellchecker  - indeed many web spellcheckers - is that they are finely tuned to Uncle Sam's version of the English language.
"2001"

Too true.

ieSpell does come with a U.K. dictionary, however, which is good.
  shrdlu Train Controller

Location: Podunk Hollar
Hear's mie too cennts wurht:

"Oald Mutther Hubard wenned too the cubbord,

Two gett herr pur dogg aye boan.

Butt wen shee gott they're,

Ther cubboard waz bear,

Anned soa ther pur dogg hadd nun."
  Jason R Chief Commissioner

Location: Socialist People's Republic of Yarra.
Given that this thread has been revived and I'm feeling like a pedant at the moment, here are some common errors that irk me:
  • alot: This is not a word. Instead of "there were alot of passengers on the train this morning," consider, "there were a lot of passengers on the train this morning."
  • misunderestimate: This is not a word either. In this context the prefix 'mis-' is superfluous as it indicates an incorrect action, which has already been denoted by the use of 'underestimate'.
  • irregardless: Yet another non-word. This appears to be a corruption of the words 'irrespective' and 'regardless'. Both have similar meanings— use one, or the other, but don't mix them together.

While there is some other use of language that is technically incorrect, but in my opinion, tolerable, especially on relatively informal Internet (note the capitalisation!) forums such as this, such as the use of a hyphen where a dash is indicated (although John of Melbourne notably persists with the correct use!), the use of these non-words is a crime against English!
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
...the use of a hyphen where a dash is indicated (although John of Melbourne notably persists with the correct use!)...
"Jason R"

I"m glad someone appreciates it!  I've got quite used to holding down the Alt key and typing 0-1-5-1 (or 0-1-5-0) on the numeric keypad.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Unfortunately spelling and punctuation, important as they are, do not help people to use the correct word.
Recent examples:-
your & you're
there & their
formerly & formally
edition & addition
were & we're,
witness's & witnesses ( singular possessive turned into plural noun )
A move is afoot to resume the teaching of grammar in Victorian schools; I hope it happens soon.
  dasher Chief Commissioner

Location: Within the NSWGR
Or my old favourite: correct usage of the words "affect" & "effect".
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Add to these,  principle and principal.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
And 'dribble', where the term is actually 'drivel'.

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