Since despite the plethora of messages nobody is even attempting to provide any arguments or suggestions towards improving the FAQ, this thread is being locked. Since the only currently provided reason for changing the FAQ is rather pointless in light of the overal rules, I am not updating the FAQ.
The problem with this is that you're assuming that nobody new is going to come along with a question or addition that will put the thread back on topic--it happens all the time. So if someone comes along, sees the original post, and wants to comment--now they have to create a new thread like this. Why waste the time locking the thread?
Ramón G Castañeda wrote:
The Forum etiquette and best practices page contains something I had not noticed before. It may have been added recently.
- Personally attack people, their edits (including spelling or grammar)…
Actually I strongly agree with this rule (change?)*.
*(It was there last time I looked and it seems to me that it's a typical forum rule.)
I've been the witness and target of personal attacks here for awhile now, so yes it does need to stop, and moderators should be removing this type of offensive comment. But mods need to have the sense to detect good-natured joking around vs. an actual personal attack.
Really though, inappropriate behavior like this shouldn't be that difficult to most people with some common sense.
It's not that hard:
- Questioning someone's intelligence? Unacceptable
- Questioning someone's educational background? Unacceptable
- Correcting someone's spelling, politely without implying that they're an idiot (a personal attack)? OK
- Correcting someone's grammar, politely without implying that they're an idiot (a personal attack)? OK
- Correcting someone's spelling or grammar in a rude, inappropriate, or condescending manner? Unacceptable
- Criticizing person B for politely correcting (editing) person A's grammar or spelling? Unacceptable - according to the Adobe rule specified above
It doesn't say you can't correct someone's spelling or grammar, it seems to say not to attack people for (politely, obviously) correcting another's mistake. I think. It could use a little clarification, the "..." at the end hints that it's incomplete--but the rule itself is needed IMO.