After participating in a number of online forums, I would like to say the grammatical quality of the posts here are far and above any other site. I appreciate the fact that most posters pay attention to proper grammar. I see very few mistakes and the writing is usually top quality. I have one suggestion, however. If you respond to a post, it would be nice to include a brief reference to the origninal post so that the followers of the post may be brought up-to-date.
If someone is responding to a post, the poster that they're responding to is clearly posted in the upper-right-hand corner of the post.
As far as grammar is concerned, this is a food board, not an English language board. And the participants are international, so English in many cases is a second language. But even if it wasn't (or is that "weren't"?) their 2nd language, I wouldn't be "tsk tsking" folks who just want to contribute to a food board because their spelling &/or grammar wasn't up to par. Why chase away posters by pointing out their ignorance (in your opinion) because their grammar isn't up to your standards?
Our very plain text system doesn't actually make that easy, and while there are posters who do it and that's fine, it's not something we actively encourage. As Bacardi1 notes, when you reply to someone, there's a reference in the corner of the post. If you're not sure of the context, you can click on that and it'll take you up to the post being replied to so you can read the whole thing. Anything without a reference in the right corner is a reply to the original post on the thread.
-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound
I don't have a problem relating posts to the messages they respond to. The forum software's system of indenting takes care of that. Sometimes somebody links a reply to the wrong original post, but I don't see that often. Quoting is useful when taking up a specific question or issue in a long original post; otherwise I think it's needless, more trouble for the poster and more verbiage for readers to wade through.
I basically agree. The vast majority of the communication is pretty clear and well articulated. My only issue is when someone decides they have something to say in response to such a post (particularly if it's a bit long), but either don't understand what they have read or simply don't read it at all first.