posted by FloatingMuffins
Disclaimer: These are my views, please don't be offended
I don't know about everyone, but TOO many people type using net-speak and horrid spelling, grammar, and capitalization. Typos are perfectly fine, but when someone types something that looks like this:
i lyk ttly luv edward he is so s3xy jacob is a hawttie 2
It completely irritates me.
Those few lines have many things wrong with it:
1) Lack of capitalization and punctuation.
Without proper capitalization, the sentences look very amateur. We don't know when a new sentence starts, and it shows lack of respect (excuse me for sounding cheesy) towards the characters. If آپ were to read the Preamble to the Constitution, آپ would see that certain words, that seem random, are capitalized. That is because they capitalized any word of importance back in those times. Today, we capitalize the first word of a sentence, and proper nouns. Is that really too much to ask?
Without proper punctuation, آپ could easily confuse someone. If آپ look at the example above, آپ wouldn't be able to tell how many sentences that was, and آپ would assume one. Well, when I was typing that, it was supposed to be 3. Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence entirely, and using it correctly, makes آپ seem a little مزید intelligent.
2)Use of net-speak/numbers for abbreviating.
When someone uses net-speak in their sentences (ex. ttly, luv, lyk, hawttie) it makes them seem unintelligent. The exceptions I make are words like lol, heh, haha, because their really isn't a way to portray laughing in a comment/post.
Using numbers to abbreviate things is one of the worst things I have ever seen. 3 is not an 'e', 5 is not an 's', 8 (as in l8er) does not substitute for the 'ate' sound, and 2 is not the same as too یا to. It makes آپ seem unintelligent, and is it really that hard to type a few, extra characters?
Though there aren't any grammar mistakes in the example lines (besides capitalization and punctuation), there are many common grammar mistakes people make. Is it really that hard to apply your knowledge آپ learned in language arts to Fanpop.
I'm not sure about your computer, but mine has this thing called SPELL CHECK! Mine even applies it to text boxes on Fanpop. Also, if آپ know something is spelled wrong, آپ could always type it into a Google/Yahoo/search engine تلاش box, and it will either be correct یا come up with something that says "did آپ mean [insert word(s) here]" instead of saying, "I don't know how to spell that." It really takes a few seconds, and آپ won't appear as unintelligent.
These changes could make the Twilight spot, and possible the entirety of Fanpop, a better place.