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Rant: Slashdot: poor writing

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

Slashdot.org 7

And Slashdot gets worse. In the story Cross-Platform Video Capture Cards And TV Tuners?, the writer states, "This Christmas reminded me of the times when you were a child and your parents bought that new toy that says on the packaging "Batteries Not Included". Post-Christmas rituals always turn into spending sprees to get other things that will be compatible and complementary to th

And Slashdot gets worse. In the story Cross-Platform Video Capture Cards And TV Tuners?, the writer states, "This Christmas reminded me of the times when you were a child and your parents bought that new toy that says on the packaging "Batteries Not Included". Post-Christmas rituals always turn into spending sprees to get other things that will be compatible and complementary to the gifts we recieved."

The writer is English-challenged. This comment says it best.

"reminded *me*", "when *you*", "the gifts *we*". Is this guy stupid? Seriously? Do people think they should write as they speak?

Writing is an art. Something sorely lacking on solidus full-stop. What do you do when an email requires reading the subject line? Unless it's from the boss, i torment the guy. (Yes, i once received an email from the top, where the *entire* message was in the subject. Asking a question or something.) Yet on the homepage, it happens not too unoften. I realize this, for in the summary emails, i always skip the titles and read the meat of the article. There simply are times when i *have* to read the title to know what the writer is talking about.

Which is why i try to write the titles of journals and email *after* the body.

Now, there's this mix of pronouns. That changes the focus of the sentence. This guy does it twice. Besides the sentence not making sense.

Is it just me, or does anyone else care?

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Is it getting worse? (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822011)

Is it getting worse, or is this just a function of story articles being written by "average" users?

Do the editors edit? I don't think they have degrees in journalism or anything, and probably prefer a more "laid back" tone in the articles to complement the overall feel of the site.

What we should really jump on are the book reviews and exclusive articles.

Re:Is it getting worse? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822212)

I don't think they have degrees in journalism or anything, and probably prefer a more "laid back" tone in the articles to complement the overall feel of the site.

That could be. But that takes to forms. One, the personal side, that is no editting, spilling mistakes and all. Usually reserved for moderated mailling lists. That way, the moderator takes a "back seat". Only active when needed.

The other form is free form. That is, let it be reported however the reporter reports. But, it is heavily editted to make it "profesional". The free side here is in the verbiage and POV, not in mistakes.

Hey fucker Nazi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822625)

I've never understood why people get in so much of a tizzy about the way that someone writes. If the writing gets the point across, then what does it matter if it's spelled incorrectly, uses improper grammar or punctuation? Case in point:

eye am sher you cn undrstnd. thie sentance; if no you r an ideeut.

Anyone who tells me that they can't make out the meaning in what was written above is surely mentally challenged, or terminally pedantic.

Face it. The language is evolving. In the end, the language itself has no bearing on ideas or concepts. That's why it's so easy to just jump from one language to the next for me. There is a meta-language of the mind that makes words pointless and meaningless. If we could tap into that, none of this arguing would happen. Personally, I hate people who are sticklers for spelling and grammar. I think they are stuck in an outmoded way of thinking that is a vestigial trace of Victorian thinking (possible the worst period in the history of man for new thought and experimentation).

So get off your fucking high horse and think beyond language. It really doesn't matter anymore. Those who think it does just make asses of themselves arguing that something that is dead has meaning.

Slashdot is really sucking... (1)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7832721)

Im thinking of becoming a troll ("The Debian Troll" style trolls, not crapfloods). Slashdot has been pretty sucky in the past few months, with all of te dupes, things that aren't news, and articles that are realy well-written trolls. I think it would be more fun to just start trouble.

It's not an essay, (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 10 years ago | (#7833030)

Please remember that slashdot is not an essay, it's an online forum. Not all of us have time to perfect our verbiage before hitting submit. We just want to get our ideas out there and see what other people think.

I'm with you (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 10 years ago | (#7884266)

I don't think you're too picky. Sure, it's an online forum but is it that much harder to write correctly?

My pet peeve - the use of "they" with a singular subject, usually found when the writer is unsure of the gender. "The burglar tried to rob the gun store; I bet they won't try that again!" That usually takes some rewording to get around since there is nothing to take the place of "they", except maybe "it" :)

Close behind is this (I don't know how to describe it...subect doesn't match, what? object?): "The women went to start their car." That's a weak example but you get the picture.

Re:I'm with you (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#7888178)

Heh. Defnitely seen that. :)
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