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Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Seun(m): 5:12am On Aug 15, 2005
Typing Skills: The Fashion of the Internet

The debate that screams across every active forum on the net; "y do3s it matt3r if I typ rite?" Every admin wishes there was some sort of international law that explained this already, sparing them the trouble of typing out the details to a person that in the end will only reply with: "but it sh0s mi p3s0nality!!1111111" Even the most patient will want to ram a sock down their throat and kick them out the front door. <sn>

One day while chatting with a forum member I was asked: "Why does it matter how they type, if you can understand them?" my response was simple (after a long hour lecturing where I ended up the only person left in chat...) - Typing is the only internet fashion. It shows your personality online just as the clothes you wear in person displays who you are.

Visualize a man walking down the street. He’s is wearing a dozen gold chains around his neck, a basketball jersey, and a fake gold tooth. Your first impression? That man is ghetto fabulous! Ah, but take away all his bling and you discover he’s a college graduate running a million dollar business. If he walked in to a job interview for a big cooperation like that he would never be hired. But hey, it shows his personality!

The way people type online is this same principal. 1337-speak, chat-speak, bad spelling, missing punctuation... all these things though “cute”, “fast”, or “cool” may not show your personality the true way you want to be displayed. Why is that? Because these things have been stereotyped as[b] immature[/b] or uneducated, just like hoochie skirts and spandex on grandma. Sure its fast and easy when you want to message someone on AIM or text them on their phone, but when it comes to a forum community it just looks stupid!

1337 5p34k
Take 1337 for example. This is usually a normal sentence typed up with a bunch of numbers or symbols. For most people this is near impossible to understand! So, you want to be that guy on the forum that gets ignored because no one can read your text? It might be fun those silly nights you’re playing around, but on a regular basis, this is a big lightbulb to someone who just wants to be annoying.

Chat-Speak
Woe is the youngster who is too lazy to write whole sentences. Hey ev1! how r u doing? Great 2 be here! Do you really think you’re typing faster by skipping a few letters? No way! You’re just telling “ev1" you’re probably about 7 years old and you still haven’t learned how to write a big girl. Little kids replace words with letters because they don’t know how to spell the whole words... is that the impression you want to make?

Punctuation doesn’t mean being on time (dot dot dot)
wouldnt the world be kind of scary if when people typed they never used punctuation so every single sentence ran in to each other and you were never quite sure when a sentence ended or another began worse yet you couldnt tell what kind of tone theyre using because it all sounds kind of monotone in your head because people forget punctuation is how you differentiate between pauses questions and excitement. That was horrible, wasn’t it? Hey, we can sacrifice a capital letter here and there, but without those punctuation marks, trying to understand you becomes about as easy as holding your breath for ten minutes while someone tickles you with a feather duster.

I ain’t got no grammar!
So... many countries are forced to learn English as a second language just to be able to function in daily life, and you can’t even use it properly as a first? Good golly, you must be dumb! Sure, most people don’t use writing on a daily basis - but you’re on the internet now fella! People have got to be able to understand you. If you’re using words that don’t exist or your spelling is so bad it looks like a dyslexic monkey is doing the typing, there’s something wrong there! Be kind to your non-first-language speaking friends - people all over the world are using the internet! With English becoming that universal language, you gotta know how to use it!

You took away my personality, now how do I show I’m a unique individual?!
I’m sorry! No wait, I’m not! The wonders of the English language is a bountiful harvest of different words and meanings. Remember what I said about grammar? That’s your foundation! Throw in fun words or phrases like “somnolent” or “Why, something smells pretty odious around here...” and you’ll show just how fun, silly, elitist, smart, amazing, stupefying, anomalous, grotesque, witty, sexy, or even cantankerous as you truly are.

As you can see, the way a person types can show a lot about them. “Good evening, everyone, How do you like your buns baked?” might sound snooty (or dirty...) And “LOLOZ wuz^ ev1??1?11 u r here? A/s/l check!!!!11" might make you want to gouge out your eyes and quiver in fear. Your typing displays more about you than you realize, so put your best text forward and show the Internet what you’re made of!


Written by: The 'divine miss' Diana Notacat, administrator of the Moonwings Forum (a Roleplay Community).
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by hotangel2(f): 5:24am On Aug 15, 2005
w4t waz d4t all bt?? grin grin grin

Okay I understand you. i will take note, although i don't do most of the things you listed. cheesy
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by WesleyanA(f): 5:33am On Aug 15, 2005
do i get exempted from the rule because i'm dyslexic?


DYSLEXICS UNTIE!!! we aren't monkeys though. sad
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by c0dec(m): 9:52am On Aug 15, 2005
j0, l33t sp34k i5 d4 b0mb. cool

i7s g00d j00 br0ugh7 i7 up s3un. r3m1nd5 m3 0f 7eh g00d 0ld d4y5. i us3d to c0mmunic473 0nly in 1337. i 3v3n w4nt3d 2 wRi7e mY h0m3p4g3 en7ir3ly 1n l337.

p34c3.

ps: if you have a problem reading this, there's are l33t translators on the net. use google.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by hotangel2(f): 9:57am On Aug 15, 2005
I doubt if anyone would have a problem reading that.

I used to be a l337 freak. I stop it when i started using it to write college essay papers. And i failed. cheesy L.O.L I was always tryna make sense, but my english teacher is verygood with red pen, so she always circle the word. Gosh...it pissed me off. I have to re-write every paper. Most times she won't even let me re-write. I learnt the hard-way.

Mi hanz waz alwys tYp3 lYk3 diz. But i had to change. Now it's disgusting to type like that. I find it really annoying and low class.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Seun(m): 11:27am On Aug 15, 2005
Well no more of that here!
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by nike4luv(f): 2:12pm On Aug 15, 2005
ok, we heard you admin, we'll try and change
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by IAH(f): 9:49pm On Aug 15, 2005
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and you awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by WesleyanA(f): 11:51pm On Aug 15, 2005
fnuny IAH, grin I saw taht potsed smeoehwre in my Hgih Shocol.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by hotangel2(f): 5:21am On Aug 16, 2005
I've seen that before. Still gets funny.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by legry(m): 9:00am On Aug 16, 2005
@IAH grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by angelak(f): 12:09pm On Aug 19, 2005
Sir, i have heard you. I will try my best to live by the rules but not die by it! rolleyes
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Rhodalyn(f): 9:31pm On Jul 16, 2006
Seun, Ur message has been heard loud and cLear LOL!!!
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by retro(f): 9:33pm On Jul 16, 2006
I hate leet. I understand practically nothing . . .
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Mystique(f): 5:57pm On Jul 18, 2006
@ Topic:

But typing 'Correctly' could be soooo boring embarassed embarassed undecided
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by retro(f): 5:58pm On Jul 18, 2006
Mystique:

@ Topic:

But typing 'Correctly' could be soooo boring embarassed embarassed undecided

It isn't.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Mystique(f): 1:30pm On Jul 19, 2006
retro:

It isn't.

Yes it is!! And when are you goin to get out of Afeni's pants?
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by retro(f): 1:34pm On Jul 19, 2006
Mystique:

Yes it is!! And when are you goin to get out of Afeni's pants?

Till I get bored which isn't anytime soon.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Mystique(f): 1:48pm On Jul 19, 2006
Oh, was kinda thinking it would be hot & stuffy in there grin
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by retro(f): 1:50pm On Jul 19, 2006
Mystique:

Oh, was kind of thinking it would be hot & stuffy in there grin

No. It's quite fun in here.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by naijadiva2(f): 2:49pm On Jul 19, 2006
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and you awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

i read this before. i didn't know it was some kind of joke, i just read it then i came to realize that the words were mixed up.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by babe1(f): 8:22am On Aug 01, 2006
Hey Seun, i know its all yours and stuff but you could try and not be so hash, its not like you are talking to 2 year olds.That sounded a bit rude i must say. Apology accepted thanx.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by meobizy(f): 2:51am On Nov 08, 2018
Now if only this could discourage those steady Yoruba typists.
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by Nobody: 2:35am On Nov 09, 2018
Only if we can see the sun
Re: Why Does It Matter If I Type Right? by tck2000(m): 1:13pm On Jun 28, 2019
Lessons for Youngster

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