I think I will post this here as it is most appropriate in this thread. In another current thread, there is a new poster (student) who posted a question about grading philosophies. There was a response that did not attempt to answer the poster's question but rather commented on poor grammar and spelling. How welcoming is that to a new poster? Some of you might say that it doesn't matter because the poster is a student or that the response was intended to be helpful. I say that those responses miss the bigger picture (i.e. addressing the poster's question or concern) and are common to this site...frequently posters are berated or dismissed, especially over things as trivial as spelling on the internet. How many lurkers and infrequent posters are out there that see this and refrain from joining the conversations?