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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mounty
Member since:
2005-12-12

"Thom, you claim to be a journalist,

I do? Where? Please provide links.
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You regularly publish articles of topical interest on an internet forum. http://www.osnews.com

" yet everything you publish is peppered with malapropisms

Where?
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The most recent example is http://www.osnews.com/story/22342/Borland_in_the_1980s_Treat_Softwa... in which you write contrary to where you mean in contrast with.

"hyperbolae

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?
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This has already been responded-to by sbenitezb.

"redundancy

Examples?
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"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? ;)
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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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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Mmmm this seems to be turning into a personal little flame war over English grammar!

Well f$#@ me could we restrict the flaming to the pros and cons of FreeBSD vs Slackware etc.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You regularly publish articles of topical interest on an internet forum. http://www.osnews.com


I regularly publish articles on a news blog. I never claimed to be a journalist, so please don't shove words into my mouth!

That's just an excuse Thom.


No, you just don't like my style. That's fine. It's not an excuse - it is the way it is. I am not changing my style just to please you. Like I said - OSNews can't be everything to everyone.

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


No, your complaints are just utterly, utterly silly, because there's little I can do for you. No matter how well I'm trained in English, it is still a 2nd language to me. I find it extremely nitpicky for a native speaker such as yourself to harp on someone like me for errors like that.

In fact, I find it rather insulting and extremely arrogant.

On top of that, you might want to check your own punctuation there, buddy. Acting the way you do, you really cannot afford to mess up your punctuation like that.

Sheesh. Get off your high horse dude.

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frajo Member since:
2007-06-29

AFAIK Thom isn't a native German speaker. Let me humbly show you a correct German sentence:
Ich kann auch deutsch sprechen und man hat mir gesagt, dass meine Sprache fast perfekt sei.
By the way, the percentage of Germans speaking perfect German is below 1%.

Edited 2009-10-17 13:31 UTC

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

You regularly publish articles of topical interest on an internet forum. http://www.osnews.com


That would make him a publisher, not a journalist.

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