Meh, I say just type it. I hate bad grammar as much as the next guy and my fingers are flying, and I have a few minutes to post, it might not be pretty.
Its a simple Star Wars forum, not Harvard Law School. I don't think we need to suck the fun out of it.
When you start grading my posts for spelling errors, I think someone may have a bigger problem than my grammar ;^)
Well, actually I'd probably just ignore you :^)
Actually, I can't believe I'm responding to this, anyhow, my 2 cents.
I see your point about it just being a "Star Wars Forum" and not something we're graded on as Chris put it, but the standard Chris is setting with this is important...
The ways in which people post (their behavior, their "style", etc.) are the reflections of who they are. We of course aren't 100% strict on spelling and grammar as I can assure you that little I post is grammatically correct and I know I misspell things often. I wouldn't use a spell-check if it was offered either (I'm not adding steps to my posting).
The rules and standards are more in place because it's a pretty common trend that those who don't care about how they post, or how it is read by others, often aren't positive contributors to the community either. The theory here at JD then is that if you care enough to say something you're going to make it something that we can all comprehend...
Of course, you do that... Even if you're "flying" with a post. I do that, even though I know I make multiple mistakes. It's not perfection anyone's looking for here of course, and like Chris said there's no grading going on. But, I will say that the staff here (myself included) monitor HOW people post and if we feel they're posting a lot of nonsense, gibberish, or their posting is a bit on the incoherent side, then often a warning is handed down.
We havea laid back atmosphere here that you're well acquainted with though man, I know that, but I've always said that we run a "tight ship" too that a lot of people don't actually even realize happens. We're very thorough about providing a GOOD online community for Star Wars collectors, and that means we've got to keep people on positive habits for the community. Unfortunately, when people post poorly they're often ignored and not respected, and it can all be avoided by some simple efforts when typing out a reply... Some people tend to ignore that kind of "netiquette" though and it's disruptive.
Chris' post here about some simple "guidelines" to keep in mind are just that then... A little guide, some things to remember when posting, and some goals to attempt to meet as best as possible for everyone... It's working good so far too. Lots of good conversation and everyone's reading everyone pretty well with little friction. Lots of "respect" around this board, which is something I can ONLY view as a positive over some other communities.