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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 04:45 PM

Nondiscrimination We welcome people of every age, color, country, disability, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Many of us need to translate posts into other languages or Braille, so we try to use proper spelling and normal punctuation and grammar. We keep in mind that using all capital letters is considered to be "yelling" on the internet.

Please 'police' your own posts. Every post must be read and approved by a support specialist and it is unfair to expect them to put your very personal post into some form of standard English. They get tired, they hurt, they want to give as much as they can to aid the cause of helping fellow victims of autoimmune diseases in general and scleroderma in particular. Having to correct posts can be tiring and frustrating in the extreme.

We all want to be able to communicate our experiences and anxieties and to be able to benefit from other forum members journey with the disease we have in common. Please save text message abbreviations and eccentric spelling for live chat and instant messaging. Just a tip, there is no limit on the number of commas, question marks, and full-stops a person gets, so please use them before they start to feel left out. :lol:

Thanks from all of us!
Jeannie McClelland
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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:35 PM

Thank you for the reminder, Jeannie!

Also, I'd like to point out as part of this that abbreviations of any sort can really raise havoc during translations, and many of our members do not have English as their native language.

It is hugely beneficial if we can remember to spell things out completely and then use the abbreviations in parentheses afterward.

It will also make our messages stand out higher in search results, so people who have the same issue will be much more likely to read our posts -- all around the world and even with Braille readers.

Also,unusual characters can mess with accessibility -- like using ellipses (dot dot dots like . . . or .....) and tildes ~ ~~ .) Although they are fun, it is better to use periods, and commas in place of these characters. We try to have the system replace them automatically, but it seldom (if ever) actually works.

Anything at all that we can each do to check and correct our messages before submitting them can be very helpful to not only our tremendously fabulous support specialist team, but also for other members as well.

Im shure u all no what I mean! :VeryHappy:

Of course, if it comes right down to it, and we are doing the very best we can, our terrific support team all realize that some of us are terrible at writing or spelling even when we try our hardest and not all of us are native English speakers, either. However, many of us can sometimes do better but become lazy or too accustomed to texting shortcuts and just need a friendly reminder.

Like Jeannie said, if any of us can possibly write or spell or punctuate better, Sclero Forums is THE best place to practice being our best, because it helps broaden the scope and reach for scleroderma all around the world and helps our fellow forum friends overcome all sorts of handicaps (such as visual impairments or translations), too!
Warm Hugs,

Shelley Ensz
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