Each moderator has some leeway on how he moderates his own subforum. My personal idiosyncrasy here is that since this subforum is about language and communication, our own language and communication will be held to a higher standard than in some of the other subforums. I have stated one of my reasons for this: SciForums is jam packed with people who have an excellent command of English but are not from anglophone countries. Their customs are different, they don't know all of our idioms, they've never seen CNN or "South Park," they can be offended or simply confused far more easily than us thick-skinned, plain-speaking, over-opinionated Americans. I routinely edit out profanity when it's directed at another poster rather than an etymological discussion of the words themselves. I am draconian about the website's rule against personal attacks and have already deleted one post of that nature that even I found entertaining. And I insist that we respect the scientific method: linguistics is categorized as a science and no woo-woo theories that flout or reject science will clutter up this space unless the theories themselves are being discussed by ladies and gentlemen. I believe that most educated people--especially the scientists, future scientists and science groupies that SciForums is making a new effort to attract--unconsciously filter incoming communication that way and unconsciously form opinions of both the speaker/writer and the speech/writing on this basis. However I apologize if I made it sound like an official, conscious "minimum standard." If I find a post so irresistably interesting that I want to make sure everyone who comes here reads it, yet so full of errors that it's hard to read, I'll simply fix it. There's no standard here for quality of writing. Yes of course, and I'm sorry if I implied that this is not true. However, as I stated, I think a congenial compromise would be at least for everyone to take a moment to examine their keyboard and notice that there is a SHIFT key. It is a well-established internet tradition that WE DON'T TYPE IN ALL UPPER CASE. There is just as good a reason to not start sentences and proper nouns in lower case. Capital letters are important cues and leaving them out wastes more of each reader's time than it saves for the typist. There is such a thing as "netiquette." These people are unconsciously illustrating my hypothesis: Written language is a fundamental technology upon which all of civilization is based. People who haven't mastered it are assumed not to be well educated, and people who deliberately use it poorly are saying they have no respect for civilization. This is only a hypothesis so yes I know I may be wrong. I don't take kindly to personal attacks of any nature and will moderate them. Nonetheless, since they are consistent with my hypothesis I fully understand them. Jon Stewart had one of his ex-speech writers on one night. Jon never overlooks an opportunity to criticize Bush and the writer was in no mood to be especially kind to him. If he were a bad speller it would have come out. Speech writers don't write everything from scratch.