And I don't usually hold typos or the occasional spelling error against writers; they happen to the best of us.
I read a lot of blogs and frequent a couple of message boards, one of which is for people with sleep apnea who use CPAP machines to control their condition. Most of the people on this board are patients who manage their own care because we can't find answers (or because we get bad ones) from professionals in the field of sleep medicine. This includes sleep doctors, Respiratory Therapists (RT), and sleep lab personnel. The experienced CPAP users on this board are able to help the new people.
In the last couple of months, we on this board have been joined by a couple of RTs. One young man - to his credit - came on seeking how to better serve his CPAP patients. Another RT came on this week and took the position of superiority and knowledge in her field of RT over those of us who are merely patients (which never, ever goes over well on this board).
What astounded me (and many of the other board members) was how badly these two professionals wrote their posts. To be a Respiratory Therapist requires a four-year college degree and the passing of a national and/or state examination, so they were supposedly educated. The posts were full of spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation errors.
Several board members made pointed comments about the errors. Both RTs replied that it didn't matter how they wrote or typed as long as the person reading could understand what they meant and to get over it.
Excuse me? You want me to take you seriously as a professional and you don't care about how you write? You send letters like your posts to doctors, patients, and insurance companies?! And it's my problem that you can't write correctly because I should just ignore it as long as I can figure out your meaning??!!
Maybe I'm of another generation (and I am), but I believe this comes from the "modern" schooling thought that you shouldn't correct students because it might damage their self-esteem. Baloney.
It's really sad because these folks are being judged. And they will always be judged. But they won't believe they might be losing jobs or business over it because it's not their problem. And that's a bunch of baloney, too.