- Dyslexia (Varies wildly in degrees of severity)
- English not first language (For some it's very difficult to type in English - Not everyone is so advanced. Some even use translators that mess up all the time.
- Not everyone knows how to change a subject title (on Many forums it's not possible so they don't even think to look here.)
- Simple human error (...because I can pick through most of the posts in this topic and find mistakes in them.)
- Not everyone is as well educated as some others. They maybe remarkably creative people but still make little mistakes because they don't have the education to make up for it. (A word like Dominate doesn't get picked up by spell checkers)
I'm sure many others could come up with things to add to this list.
I don't judge people harshly on simple mistakes. I choose to educate them and assist when necessary. Most of the time I simply overlook it and try to look at the people as a whole while accepting it might have been a single mistake.
This subject just feels harsh to me. People make mistakes. Why the need to pick on them for it?
*EDIT* PS: I'm dyslexic so this topic often infuriates me on a personal level.
I'm dyslexic too, so sever my teachers believed for my whole academic life I had half the intelligence I actually have, and I do try to keep myself from misusing a word that is subtly different. Actually, because
I'm dyslexic, I hold a very high bar for my writing partners. If I have trained myself to be aware of words that look the same but are not, and be vigilant about using the correct one, why can't someone who is not dyslexic have the same respect for their reader/partner? Reading is a difficult enough task for me (I spent five minutes trying to read a book today only to realise I was holding it upside-down >_>) and mistakes like this are not making it any easier.
I am hyper aware of spelling, but I don't demand perfection. I make mistakes, and often. Everyone does. I just think using dyslexia as a defence against something like this is a disservice to those with dyslexia. There are techniques to catch them and it's simple enough to correct them. That being said, I have no idea how "its" and "it's" are different and their correct use, and no matter how many times I research it, I misuse them time and again. *eyetwitch*