Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Oct 2009 19:48 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes For a very long time now, OSNews' comment sections were governed by a set of rules that dated back to the very early days of OSNews. This set of rules has been amended a number of times over the years, but we were never really comfortable with such a dry, silly list of arbitrary rules that nobody read anyway. They were too much like an... EULA. So, we decided a change was in order, and I started work on a completely new approach.
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"Thom, you claim to be a journalist,

I do? Where? Please provide links.
You regularly publish articles of topical interest on an internet forum.

" yet everything you publish is peppered with malapropisms

The most recent example is in which you write contrary to where you mean in contrast with.


For someone who accuses me of bad English, you might want to look up the correct plural of "hyperbole". But yeah, I use a lot of hyperboles in not only my writing, but also my speech. Is that a crime?
This has already been responded-to by sbenitezb.


"For a very long time now, [...] that dated back to the very early days of OSNews."

"and grammatical errors.

How many languages do you speak? ;)
Ich kann auf Deutsche auch sprechen, und mann hat mir gesagt dass meine Spraeche is fast perfekt; aber ich bin kein Journalist.

Look, OSNews is a news blog where each editor has his or her own style. My style is indeed wacky, and more playful than that of the other editors. I'm sorry, but for that's just who I am. I like acting silly, and if you don't like that, well, there's little I can do for you.

That's just an excuse Thom.

There are enough websites out there that you could visit that are dry and boring, and if you like that sort of thing better, then by all means, go there! OSNews can't be everything to everyone.

I do subscribe to several such sites. However, regretably, the standard of English in technical journalism generally is disappointingly low.

Are you claiming that the characteristics about which I complain are actually expected or required ? that people actually want you to write bad English ?

It seems to me that the underlying problem is that you wish to draw attention to yourself, and your writing, rather than being content to report on matters of interest in a clear and natural style. This is a characteristic of almost all newspapers nowadays, most of which I regard as unreadable fish-wrappers; but there is no need for you to follow their lead.

This post is way too dry. Sparkly unicorns! Pink roses! Fairy dust! Tinkerbell! Ponies!

OK, fine.

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