Bridget (tea_fiend) wrote in thequestionclub,
Bridget
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When you talk to someone online, does their literacy affect how you view them? I mostly mean in instant messaging scenarios, rather than, eg, livejournal scenarios. Do you notice when people use capital letters, punctuate, observe standard English spelling and grammar, and so on? Do you notice when they don't? Do you find whether they do or not has a bearing on how close you're willing to get to them? Or are you just not arsed either way?

Speedy ETA: I don't mean whether you think people should be bothered either way. I mean gut reactions, whether they're socially acceptable or not.

Late ETA for anyone wandering in after sixty comments: There seems to be consensus that poor mastery of standard English should not be viewed harshly, and there is much talk of how people are people no matter how they type. I offer a rephrase, in an attempt to elicit more varied answers: rather than "do you dislike people who type wrong" (as it were), "do you like people who type right?"
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