“I go online sometimes, but everyone’s spelling is really bad. It’s depressing.”
– – Tara
The internet can be a harsh environment for some of us. If you have strong feelings about the serial comma, talking to anyone in-game is a potentially traumatic experience.
We all adapt to misspellings, particularly in combat. If “teh” makes your eyes bleed, you are already dead. You forgive people who “duel wield” swords but still “loose” “there” fights. If we are already friends, I may not even feel the need to stab you for greeting your “m8s” when you log on.
I may someday learn to forgive non-ironic “how r u”s. Using “u” and “r” in a request or demand, however, will not get you far. When you are asking for anything, using abbreviations means, “I want something from you, but I cannot be bothered type whole words when I ask for it.” “y wont ne1 hlp me”; gee, I wonder. Also, after you get turned down, “I said plz” is not a winning argument (but at least I resisted the urge to boot you from the guild).
Am I just lucky that my early internet experiences mostly involved people who had heard of complete sentences? I have visited message boards where, to give the posters the benefit of the doubt, I consistently had to assume they were illiterate pre-adolescent housepets from foreign countries posting via damaged cell phones.