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LadyKira Report 16 Jul 2013 13:08

Spell checking is part of good communication. We all mistype from time to time and sometimes with amusing results as the meaning is changed but if you do not care about communicating what you are actually trying to say then maybe you should not bother posting at all. If it is doing then at least attempt to do it well. :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 16 Jul 2013 20:24

LK ...............

I've said many times that I received an excellent education in English and English language at a UK Grammar School , and that allowed me become a professional editor for over 30 years. I have also written over 50 scientific articles and more non-scientific ones.

As such, I am very conscious of correct spelling and grammar, and of ensuring that what I have written is what I meant to write.

On here, I never submit a post longer than a one liner without reading it over at least 3 times (and sometimes as many as 6 times), to make sure that spellings are correct, correct words are used ............. and to make sure that it says what I want it to say.

I STILL make mistakes!

I have been derided several times by at least one poster on this thread for being so cautious and conscious of what I post.

It is very important on the Find Ancestors, Genealogy Chat, and Living Relatives (as well as on the help messages that appear on other Boards from time to time), that we do provide correct advice, and spelling of names as found in the records. We have no need to add extra variations to the multiple ones that we all find!

I believe it is also important to be diligent about ensuring that your post says what you want it to say even on the other Boards ................... if a post is hard to understand or the meaning can be taken more than 1 way, then that is what can lead to upsets on here.

It is not enough to be flip about it.

I am not being judgmental about anyone ..................... we all make mistakes, we all know that people have problems with spelling or grammar. But it behooves all of us to do the best we can


LadyKira Report 16 Jul 2013 21:38

And I missed a word out on that last post.

Should read If it is worth doing then at least attempt to do it well.

That is what happens when I post from my mobile 'phone.


SylviaInCanada Report 17 Jul 2013 04:43


LK ........... as we both said, we can all make mistakes!

But the fewer the better!

and ......................

I have been told I am a know-it-all, and to get off my high horse :-D :-D :-D


Gins Report 17 Jul 2013 06:45

I'd rather think that we would be better off having an 'ejector button'

It's in much more need ;-)


CupCakes Report 17 Jul 2013 07:37

Gosh Sylvia - a precis would do :-(


Gins Report 17 Jul 2013 07:45

precis :-S

Whats that CC


CupCakes Report 17 Jul 2013 07:48

To summarise a long winding post - make an easy read ;-)


Gins Report 17 Jul 2013 07:58

Ah...... précis, I was reading it as prec-is

I don't mind detail in text, it adds to explain the context


Reggie Report 17 Jul 2013 08:49

In the dropdown under 'messages', there is a 'draft messages' option.


LadyKira Report 17 Jul 2013 08:49

Well you really should not be riding a horse at your age Sylvia
Get off would be more like fall off! ;-) :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Jul 2013 01:09


:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


AmazingGrace08 Report 18 Jul 2013 11:29

I don't see the problem in doing a quick spell check etc.

So what you are saying Cupcakes is that posters should not worry about context, spelling, grammar etc? Emails and using online methods of communicating can make it very easy to misunderstand someones intent based on a way they have constructed their words.

For instance I could easily assume that you were having a go at Lady Kira and myself for using Word when typing lengthy responses, of course I could be incorrect in my interpretation, but I try to be VERY careful in what and how I post.

I wouldn't know you if I tripped over you in the street so I am sure that you would not have meant it in that way, after all I am a complete stranger to you, you know nothing about me, and life is far too short to be unpleasant, isn't it

All I was stating was that you could save your post in word etc and then copy and paste and then post when you are ready. I find it helps when you are providing a lot of information rather than having to post and repost.

Given that often the site boots you out when you are trying to post a response or query saving a copy to word or starting in word is just as quick really in my opinion.

:-) :-)