- hELLO WORLD, tHIS IS ME
- Hello World This Is Me
- H E L L O W O R L D T H I S I S M E
- HeLlO wOrLd ThIs Is Me
- hello world thiis iis me
tbh this seems to just be "no excess capitalization, no intentional misspelling"
probably with better wording on the second point so people aren't super worried about unintentionally misspelling words
except spelling rogue as rouge, that should be bannable
also i know the topic of specifics on the thing is closed, but i just wanted to say that going a little too subtle like seeen's solution leads to 'biffing' or pretending your post has been mod edited or whatever. subtle, sure, but visible and immediately clear that it's genuine
You could classify typing quirks as any typing style in which you use a specific pattern of typing, such as replacing letters, numbers, and sets of letters or numbers with other numbers, letters, or symbols, or otherwise altering them, in a way that could conceivably hinder readability. If you have to make a conscious effort to type that way, it's probably not okay, basically.
the concern i have with measuring based on readability is that IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS IT'S PERFECTLY CLEAR WHAT I'M SAYING, BUT i'd still say that's the sort of thing that should be covered by the rule
to be perfectly honest i don't know whether it's a rule that necessarily needs to exist, it's a mild annoyance at best, and it just leads to confusion over why i'm allowed to type in no-caps, biff's allowed to RANDOMLY capitalise WORDS in the middle of sentences, inky's allowed to use frequent ink-related puns, nib does??? mid-sentence punctuation - these aren't the only examples of typing quirks that are allowed
it's like miau was saying about it sometimes being unclear about where the line precisely is
IMO the most important part in that is the "intentionally hard to read" part- what sets caps and ??? apart from TYPiNg LiKE t H i S is how understandable/readable the post is
Something that breaks standard grammar (i.e how I'm typing right now-- a lack of proper punctuation) isn't really all that hard to read or understand.
I think it's less about the specific typing quirk and what defines a typing quirk (although examples are ok-but like, don't need to be all encompassing-) and more about not posting complete gibberish or typing using an "i n f r a c t i on a e s t h e t i c"
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MatthewJA:it's a rule so it can be enforced - I'm quite happy to remove it, but intentionally hard-to-read posts are still against the rules, so would that still be represented?
in line a bit with what rem's saying - could you make the rule "intentionally hard-to-read posts" rather than typing quirks? on some level it's just semantics, but it feels like that's the spirit of the rule at the moment anyway and it's clearer than 'typing quirks' given so many of them are ok
thing is though, i consider poorly spelled text hard to read but i don't think someone for whom english is a second or third language should get punished for that. and yeah it comes down to mod discretion but if i didn't have confidence in my english and saw that one of the rules was that hard-to-read english leads to bans i'd be a little worried
despite all this ranting and raving, i do think your point is fair and i think your proposed alternative is fairly reasonable
obviously we are not going to punish ESL people, hell i would know what it's like, to be 14 again, to find out that the world is enormous and full of forums about neopets and pokemon. to enthusiastically write forum posts only to be misunderstood again and again. over and over. at first you are frustrated, then you start resenting people. you get bitter, your demeanor completely changes. one day you decide enough is enough and you make your own forum, hell a whole webcomic host, why not!!