I have noticed a decline in the writing standards by many forum members over time, and it seems this decline has accelerated lately in step with our rapidly growing membership. Very basic things like capitalization and punctuation seem too much trouble for many to bother.
This forum is a nice place to be for many reasons, but one of them is the high quality content. I don't want to see our home reduced to chat room style stream-of-conciousness text messages, and I know many members who agree with me. And far too many members drift away because this erosion in standards makes it less of a place they want to stay. Here is an important point: Most of the people driven away by this are far more important to the community than those joining who have low standards. If I must choose who to keep, it isn't a hard choice.
I also don't want to be an English teacher. I don't want my job as administrator to be correcting people's text. I want people who care enough to correct themselves. I do, re-reading and editing multiple times before I post. The 'Preview' button is my best friend and gets pressed far more than 'Submit'. And I'm far from perfect, I routinely find myself editing my old posts when a link or search brings me back to them. For all my editing I still miss things. I do, however, care about the quality of my contributions and want others to as well.
I think we are all sensitive and forgiving to those who don't speak English as a first language when it comes to some spelling or grammar issues. I'm not talking about nit picking everything to death. But these days I can't read the forum without multiple posts having significant failures from people who can do better.
Let's all try to do better. It is a courtesy to the other readers of the forum. And if you aren't posting to give something to our community, perhaps you shouldn't be posting.
I'll end by noting the most egregious error I see on a daily basis is lack of capitalizing 'I'. Any amount of casual reading of this forum should make it clear to even non-English speakers that 'I' is capitalized. i cant tell you how much im troubled by sentences like this. It just screams out that the author just can't be bothered.
Do better. If you want to post here, have respect for the community and give your readers the courtesy of quality.
P.S. If you have problems with anyone's post quality it is best to use the report button (! in the lower right of each post) or a friendly PM rather than post about it. Corrections in public aren't very friendly and I certainly try to avoid them.