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Hi,

I've been lurking here on the forums for a while and just registered as I am hoping to participate in the active discussion.

Anyhow, I'm just kindly asking that people take a bit of time to spell and punctuate to the best of their abilities, before posting.  Readers will be much more likely to read what you have to say, and take you seriously, if you write clearly.

Many thanks to all who make this place possible.

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Welcome [s]abourd[/s] Aboard! 
 
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It is my impression that we have a lot of folks where english is not their native tongue.  And we're all making the best of it.



 
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caution. I am not proofreading this post! it will come out exactly as my fingers type it! well..... almost. I will fix horrible mangling of words by all my thumbs. 

paul has a great point about english not neccesarily being a posters first language. I have also found that on forums you might be surprised at finding out that not all the posters are hearing. in person, non hearing communication doesn't cross over directly word for word in written speech in any language and this can sometimes make posts appear very grammatically awkward to us hearing folks.

sorry. you will probably continue to find lots of stuff in my posts! some people are real sticklers about htat. ha. see I did it there.  happens to me all the tiem. see?  I can usually catch those. its the homonyms that get me .....and capitalizaton.

I should have said "as well as" instead of ".....and" in that last sentence. 

I am forgiving because it takes me forever to proof read my own posts. I quick once over to catch really mangled up words is my strategy. i don't expect others to carefully proof read their posts. as long as the basic gist of the matter is conveyed.  my brain glosses over stuff because i know what it says, or is supposed to say! I have to read each word aloud and cover up the words next to it because when I read normally I don't read each word.  when I type my fingers have habits about certain spellings of words that have homonyms with completely different meanings. oh well. I also rarely use capitals as the beginning of sentences. I can't type famacha with any speed because I am so used to typing "la mancha". That word always ends up spelled famancha with an N.

there are habits that are often developed when trying to communicate through written speech frequently on a casual level.. 

whole word capitalization is EMPHASIS. I use "dots"...............to signify natural pauses in verbal communication that might show hesitation, pauses for thinking, a certain amount of appropriate uncomfortable silence etc.....

Also, in casual written communication you will often find people writing things how they would say them. not using carefully crafted full sentences. its all fine and good with me! 

it doesn't bug me to read others mistakes unless it is really really bad. although I often find them. I know what they mean and that is the point. I want people to feel casual and at ease here and wherever I am casually communicating with them. most of us aren't looking to become published authors or speakers based on a conversation. or at least I am not! if people think me less intelligent then so be it.
 
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I try to write close to how I speak, but l also use lots of small paragraphs with breaks.

I find it much simpler to read, I can follow others toughts better when they give a break between.

I am a believer in latent learning and I require a moment for things to "sink in". 
 
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i'm a total savant . I can't spell very well. I have massive problems with writing. Not reading . I flunked a few grades. I'm plenty smart .I just can't always articulate things well. This post took me a good 10 min. But I know  all my presidents and state capitols
 
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The ability of articulation, verbal or written has been on my mind lately. Apparently, I know a lot of people that have similar difficulties.

I have good verbal & reading skills (except reading boring/technical stuff); can also spell really well & I'm deadly at Scrabble. Just don't expect me to do math without a calculator. Long division?...fuggedaboudit! 

I couldn't name every president, but I don't think I'd fail a test trying to name them. State Capitals, yeah I'd miss some there too. Probably get a C- on that test.
 
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I have a 9th grade education... but that was 20 years ago.  I like to put in lots of spaces/breaks to make things easier to read,.. I am also queen of the comma.

I find that if things are broken up a bit they are a lot simpler to read... the run on and on paragraph gets to me more than poor spelling or grammer. 

My very first computer group was a horse breeders group and I learned a lot about communication... as that was my reason for joining, as well as to share info. 

This is now the only computer community I am a part of.... I like to read on another forum (aquponics) but do not plan to join.  My life leaves only so much time for sitting in front of the computer. 

This is where I go to be with friends and I don't care if they drink, smoke, or spell poorly.
 
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