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How much do you care about grammar in you’re posts?

Grammar nazi

We’re all writers right? We write posts, we roleplay, we read each other’s posts. How much do you care that other people use correct spelling & grammar? How important is it to you?

Postman pat the naziGood spelling & grammar makes your RP look better quality

For someone who’s thinking of joining your game, think about what they’ll think if they see posts riddled with spelling mistakes and grammar problems. They might make the decision to not join at all, does this bother you?

Or maybe, just maybe they’ll join because they can see there’s no pressure into writing perfectly. They know this game isn’t strict and just a bit of fun. Maybe that’s better?

Either way, just think which of the above scenarios you’re most comfortable with.

Grammar Nazis create a high-pressure environment

You could chase down each spelling mistake, and personally smack the player for writing it if you wanted to. If roleplaying is just a bit of fun, does it even matter though?

Decide for yourself. What do you think?

youreBtw, I created a little trap in the very title of this post. Anyone who comments below or on Facebook about the incorrect you’re (I know full well it should be your) clearly hasn’t read this bit 😛

There’s an article about correct usages of your, you’re and your here which you could show to someone who’s particularly bad at spelling (although try not being a Nazi about it!). And if you like lessons in grammar, here’s another about dialogue tags by Chris.

  • Miguel Sousa

    How much do you care about grammar in you’re posts?

    Its your not you’re.

    Grammar Nazis create a high-pressure environment

    Its an high…! not a high…!

    • Andy Locke


    • I disagree with using an ‘an’ before a ‘h’. Saying “an high” out load really doesn’t sound right

  • Tiberius Creations

    A piece of me almost died because I thought Dave actually used the wrong form of your/you’re. It’s all good now

  • I like to read “good stuff written well”. In saying that I would prefer a few grammatical errors and absolute wild storytelling written with absolute abandon over a grammatically perfect post with no passion any day. Ie It’s forgivable. We’re all guilty of it at times. All of us.

  • Jaxx

    People make mistakes regardless of their mentality, but the perfectionists tend to make it a point to catch their mistakes. Its understandable to catch a mistake now and then but at some point if your writing is so bad the GM has to edit it to be legible you may need some tutoring in writing. Its hard to draw the line on acceptable writing since the critics tend to have different perspectives on the subject. Sorry Grammar Nazi but not everyone lives by your standards.

  • Vitamin K

    I’m not a perfectionist, nor do I demand perfection, but there are some posters that you can tell either A) don’t care about grammar or B) have so poor of a grasp on the language that their output is terrible. I really dislike reading posts from A or B.

    I have sympathy for non-native writers, but I cannot escape the fact that poor adherence to rules of language negatively impacts the quality of writing.

    • Silent Hunter

      One sometimes finds that non-English speakers can do a better job of it than the natives. The Danes in particular.

      • I’ve noticed that! I think that learning a 2nd language makes you understand & appreciate rules about spelling and grammar much better

        • Jaxx

          True we all do better at anything we care about the subject. The problem is when we take stuff for granted, that is when we get careless and make mistakes. That and when we are posting under the influence or severely exhausted which I am guilty of.