Originally Posted by rdclark
a) Unlike your meeting, this is not a professional business environment where the rules are more stringent and the stakes are higher.
b) In cases where someone repeats a "common usage" error, making the correction public is IMO a public service. "Intensive purposes" comes from people having mis-heard the source phrase without having consciously heard it used correctly, like "doggy dog world." People say things in their head they way they hear them spoken, and then try to write what they heard. Pointing these things out is not a personal indictment, it's an attempt to "raise all boats."
c) If anyone was offended, I'm sorry. No offense was intended. 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
Appreciate your point of view and I am not offended in the least, but I disagree with you so it may just be an "agree to disagree" situation.
To a few of your points:
a) No, but an internet forum is not an English classroom, either. And you must account for people typing quickly with little proofreading.
b) I agree with most of this, except the last sentence. I disagree that a science forum is the best place for a public grammar crusade. While you may feel you are helping the person and the cause, it can come across as pretentious. A simple PM to that person, allowing them the option to correct the error, would probably reflect more positively on your cause.
c) Non taken. I just think it is a matter of etiquette.
My apologies, I would have put this in a PM, where it belongs, but that option appears disabled.
More on topic, I am looking at moving from an old fat 80gb PS3 and getting a Slim. Are there any other differences in Blu Ray playback other than the bitstreaming of HD codecs?