[quote=“Ironman”]That is just not true. I’ll give you my example before you go off flicking to the next post.
I spent my English skill aquiring years looking out the window and wanting to get the hell out of school so missed the basics. I was lucky enough to get back into the system when I was 23 y.o. and with science related subjects there was going to be no major break through in English.
So, I read for an hour a day. Always have, always will. I now have more of a look at the spelling and sentance structure so I can at least get a leg up here and slowly improve.
And to answer the question. I skim long posts then read them thoroughly if they appear to merit further attention. If they look like somebody is thinking out loud then I give them short shift for the same reason you mention. [/quote]
Yeah, I don’t mean to say that I conclude that all spelling and grammar mistakes necessarily imply that the writer doesn’t care. This can happen other ways as well. For instance, it may be that the writer is in a hurry and doesn’t have the time to be careful. Not only that, but we’re all merely human and mistakes - especially grammar - come with the territory.
That said, life’s too short to spend time sorting through poor writing. The odds of finding the odd pearl are far outweighed by the sheer waste of time. We all have choices to make, after all.