Quoting Gina820:“ Mara I agree with you completely and I have something to say to the girls that get bother when the new ... [snip!] ... the drama about the spelling, When you don't understand, don't read it and ask the person to re-write it better in a nice way.”
when i see that typing (dAt tyPiNG) i get a headache... and i just don't reply b/c i feel like they're speaking in another language.
it's a horrible disadvantage for the people who come on here and type like that b/c a LOT of people simply can't understand what they're saying.
it doesn't particularly annoy me when i see it-- it just embarasses me that they're willing to express themselves in such a confusing way as if they expect people to understand them. (i mean, they might as well be speaking russian or something).
w/out a doubt, typing like that (can i call it ghetto-typing?) makes a person look uneducated, ignorant, and for a person like me, i just don't have the spare time or energy to try and decipher it. my eyes glaze over and i move on.
when i see the negative responses to that typing, i completely understand, but i also know that being rude probably won't do anything but make the person ghetto typing feel defensive and they're probably going to continue to type like that as a statement against the attack, thus effectively alienating themselves from virtually everyone on here.
IF i really wanted to communicate w/ a ghetto-typer, i'd ask nicely... explain that i only read normal english and don't have the "skillz" to read through their typing, but i'd make a point to not mock it-- b/c it's something that they've-- for whatever reason, taken the effort to do and i'm pretty sure that anyone typing like that is not over the age of 18... or at least, that's what i've observed thus far.
overall, i definitely do NOT think ghetto typing is a defendable online behavior... even if people don't read the TOS for BG, they should have the basic wit to understand that the majority of the english-speaking population will NOT be able to read what they've written w/out extensive effort, which is something none of us should have to do as we already learned the correct way to read and write when we were kids in school.
it's not anyone's responsibility to expend the effort to understand such a thoroughly horrible bastardization of the written word, but it's probably best to be kind about letting them know just how unintelligable their writing is... b/c as long as they're typing like that, they are on a little island where very few educated or intelligent people will be willing to communicate with them.