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Thanks DRFerron. I did not want the chat feature and I see no reason to have it enabled. My kids think I am a dinosaur re computers except when theirs break and they need repair.
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Thanks for the turn off inf. I'm outta there.
By the way, what do people chat about on that feature they are not chattering about on the forum?
My understanding was that it's a place to shoot the breeze and not clutter up the forum threads with dumb stuff.

Most of the regulars try to re-direct forum-worthy topics back to the forums and a few people have pasted the relevant section of the chat log into the appropriate forums.

I liken it to having a bunch of sailors hang out in my house without having to feed them.
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Depends on which style guide you use.
Punctuation is independent of style guides. However, the reason for my comment was more to do with a dislike for people who use a superior education to disparage those who likely have not had access to one.
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Mine was actually off, (so I turned it On).
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Punctuation is independent of style guides. However, the reason for my comment was more to do with a dislike for people who use a superior education to disparage those who likely have not had access to one.
Use of a "superior education" seems to be more of an intimidation tactic. It's used to discourage responses that the "educated" might not be able to answer.

I hereby promote those of us that would prefer to use a lessor form of punctuation!
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Tom...SV Auspicious was criticising the original poster's grip on the language, which I think is arrogant.
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Thanks, smallboatlover, for braving the grammar police and pointing out that I have the power to get rid of this damn chat bar in the middle of my iPad screen. OOPS, am I allowed to cuss on here....?
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Punctuation is independent of style guides. However, the reason for my comment was more to do with a dislike for people who use a superior education to disparage those who likely have not had access to one.
Not true, at least in the United States. The Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian, and other resources address the use of punctuation. Some publications including newspapers have their own versions. Many companies have style guides as well for proposals and other corporate publications. The use of serial commas (the one before an adjoining conjunction in a list) is usually addressed because usage does differ.

I don't believe my background includes a "superior eduction." In fact as an engineer I am very highly trained and poorly educated. I had to teach myself to write effectively in order to advance my career. Language including vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation is all we have in order to communicate. Poor language skills lead to poor communication and on to misunderstanding. There is no excuse for not caring - just laziness.

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Tom...SV Auspicious was criticising the original poster's grip on the language, which I think is arrogant.
Actually not. I did make an earlier post supporting the importance of language, but the one about style guides was a feeble attempt at humor relating to another post pointing to the first post about language skills.

I'm sorry you think my behavior was arrogant. That was not and is not my intent. Communication is important - it is indeed all we have.
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I get it. Let's move on.
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