Re: Riting Erors

Subject: Re: Riting Erors
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 17:11:19 -0800

"Roger L. Boyell" wrote:
> Bruce Byfield said in part, "I save my conscientious proofreading for serious work, not casual postings."
> I thought this discussion list warranted the same courtesy and dignity that would apply to any professional conversation -- even for "casual postings". Certainly a discussion list on technical writing deserves correct spelling, punctuation, and word choice.

As I said, you try for all these things. But if you fail in some of
them on this list, why be terribly concerned? It's not a matter of
not caring. It's a matter of keeping things in the proper

Anyway, if you're going to use professional conversations as a
guide, then you'll have to excuse every kind of grammatical lapse
imaginable. Most people, after all, speak much more poorly than they

Moreover, the point of a professional conversation is generally to
exchange information, not to be grammatically correct. So, by that
standard, you should ignore the lapses on the list (just as I
initially ignored the ones you made in your original post) and focus
on the content.

No flames intended here - I really couldn't be bothered. But I'm
curious and slightly bemused that you should raise the issue at all.

Bruce Byfield, Progeny Linux Systems
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

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