Do you feel like writing posts on messageboards (Sherdog) improves your writing / communication?

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  1. brackis1

    brackis1 Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    We mash out a lot of characters going back and forth on here, and others are doing the same on other forums, reddit, social media etc...
    Do you feel like this exercise in typing makes people "swim or drown" so to speak in that you'll be repeatedly writing and theoretically building up some level of proficiency because it's the de facto method of communication online? Or would you say that it's regressive and allows for unchecked free form rambling that can be shorthand, slang, nonsensical, gifs in place of words etc...?
     
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  2. JJJJJ

    JJJJJ Banned Banned

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    Maybe try going to school..
     
  3. koolinkunming

    koolinkunming Silver Belt

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    EL CORINTHIAN Black Belt

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    Not a chance. My english is horrible and my grammar is at an elementary level. If anything im worse off because of this place.
     
  5. Carl Sonnen

    Carl Sonnen Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    The teaching pedagogy I was taught was that any writing improves your communication skills on some level. I agree to a point. Texting, etc., is actually harmful.
     
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  6. Bullitt68

    Bullitt68 Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Absolutely. I got my PhD last year and I gave a shout-out to Sherdog in the Acknowledgments. I'm not kidding. You get what you put in, and if you use this place as an arena in which to practice critical thinking and communicating more effectively/eloquently, then it'll payoff.
     
  7. It has helped me a ton in how to deal with confrontation and debate-- even though I dont like to debate as a rule.

    You just have to stay out of the dumpster with people and use it well.
     
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  8. supnmunm

    supnmunm Brown Belt

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    Sherdog definitely makes my grammar more gooder
     
  9. Sakurabaism

    Sakurabaism Brown Belt

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    I speak in GIFs and emojis
     
  10. JJJJJ

    JJJJJ Banned Banned

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    PhD in leggo and GI Joe.
     
  11. Wrath of Foamy

    Wrath of Foamy Brown Belt

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    My use of English used to be better when I used to do creative writing. It’s gone downhill a bit since I stopped, especially with spelling.

    Posting in message boards can help, though it depends on how much a poster cares about the quality of their posts...
     
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  12. Jack Stevonovich

    Jack Stevonovich Black Belt

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    I don't think this place has helped my writing or grammar much but I think it has thickened my skin a bit and lowered my expectations of others. While getting me familiar with various levels of trolling.

    I really think it will depend on which subforum you spend time in though.
     
  13. BisexualMMA

    BisexualMMA Don't Put My Name in the Name of Steroids!

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    Sherdog threads are unquestionably the highest level of English I've ever had the privilege of participating in.
     
  14. BillytheFish

    BillytheFish Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Capitalize 'English', apostrophe 'I'm'.

    FAIL. See me after class (bring your mother's number).
     
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    BisexualMMA Don't Put My Name in the Name of Steroids!

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    It was good of you to single out 99silva specifically.
     
  16. BillytheFish

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    Reading is what made my English writing so good. Honestly I don't know all of the technical terms and clauses or what any of it all means, but somehow I can smash out A papers in every class I've had since I was about 10 years old. I put it down to the fact I used to read an insane amount as a young kid.

    (note- I dont write posts here how I write papers, i write how i speak, cunts)
     
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    Certainly not, other than maybe making me a bit more spontaneous in casual conversation.

    I feel like my writing skills have fallen off a cliff after high school though. My STEM major wasn't exactly writing intensive, and in practice I just need to write clear emails and technical information. I don't think most people are great writers because we have no outlet to practice unless it is a genuine hobby.
     
  18. M3t4tr0n

    M3t4tr0n Sheriff of Sherfront

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    I do feel like I am more aware of my grammar wile posting online.
     
  19. Bullitt68

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    This is practically my life story verbatim. And I've always told people that learning how to write well/better is a process that works largely if not predominantly by osmosis.

    The first part of your post was uncanny in how exactly your experiences with reading and writing matched my own. Then this part confirmed for me that I'm not in The Twilight Zone and reading myself posting as someone else, as I'd never miss an apostrophe or not capitalize "I."

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  20. BillytheFish

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    What's funny is that I look like an ex-convict and I'm Irish, so people naturally assume I am thick because I have a different accent here.

    Yet I write like a mofo...my wife described my writing as 'arrogant', which I took to be a compliment, given that she is such a cunt.
     

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