I've been on this forum for a short time, but I've been noticing some posts on the site are just ineffective. Other people, especially those trying to help, can't even understand the question or problem because of basic lack of communicative skills on the part of some posters. I know many people speak English as a second language, and that is totally cool, but more often than not the people trying
to speak English (as a second language) on here do very well, whereas people who supposedly speak English can't type for shit.
I ran across another automotive forum with a similar problem, and they came up with something like this:
Being that this is an internet forum, we're all here to read what others have to say, and write some things of our own. It should be common sense that how we write our posts reflects on ourselves, as well as either invites others to read our posts, or makes them laugh at our level of idiocy.
Spelling and grammar are important on the internet, since it's the only way people get to know you. Hopefully you would rather come off as an intelligent person rather than a blither idiot who can't even spell a simple three letter word like 'you.' This isn't AOL, a chat room or a text message; shortening word such as "you," "though," "you're," "what," and "are" into short truncations such as "u," "tho," "ur," "wut" and "r" make you look like an idiot. It also makes your post harder for other members to read, as well as lowering the collective IQ of the forums. Aside from all of that, the amount of time you "save" with such AOL speak is negligible.
Nobody is asking you to be a human dictionary, or spell perfectly all of the time - everyone makes mistakes. We are, however, asking you to put an effort into making good, quality, and easily readable posts.
Literacy clause rules:
* Don't use short truncations or single letter representations of words. It doesn't save you any time, it just makes you look stupid. Write out the word completely if you have something to say.
* Use punctuation. Even a 13 year old should be capable of at least using periods and commas, and capitalizing - the most basic forms of punctuation. Nobody wants to read a post that spans half a page without a single period or comma.
* Try to use paragraphs in long posts. This isn't hard, and you've no doubt done it in school. It makes reading your whiny half page thread about how your mom is so unfair that much easier to read.
Posts or threads containing AOL speak or other silly truncations will be subject to being edited, deleted or closed.
If you're one of those people who is either incapable of typing with a degree of intellect, or just refuses to do so, then you are an idiot. Don't bother complaining, just leave; we don't want you here.
I understand this particular clause is somewhat harsh, but the most difficult aspect of the clause would be enforcing it. Its just getting downright painful to read some of the garble on here. This site has great info, and it makes it difficult to find what you're looking for when people can't communicate effectively. Instead of "Use the search, NOOB!" try "read the literacy clause, NOOB!"
It'll be the new black.