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Please do not use abbreviations in posts - unless the abbreviations (such as FMC, BIC) are in the site glossaries. These are forums NOT chat rooms and are not for text messaging type slang. Abbreviations such as i, u, ur, are NOT acceptable please use the correct I, you, your etc.
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Moderators will no longer correct spelling errors in posts. The site has a built in spell checker, Firefox has both Australian and Australian/UK dictionaries available, Google also provides a US spell checker. If a post contains unnecessary spelling errors it will be DELETED (Common courtesy, why should a moderator be wasting their time on something the poster could easily have done)

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I don't agree with deleting posts because of spelling errors. The fact is not everyone even knows how to install the add on packs for firefox… Many people coming here are distressed and in a hurry, many are not English speaking as their first language and often make mistakes and grammar.

As you should be well aware the site has assisted hundreds if not thousands of posters… many have not been great spellers and I can think of dozens of posts that seriously need help.

This is not an elitist site for the upper class echelons of Grammar schools and Harvard university. There are many disadvantaged people here and I personally don't expect each and every one to be a Harvard Graduate in English Literacy.

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Check the Glossaries before you use abbreviations or acronyms

I have noticed that some acronyms are creeping in that are not included in the Glossaries.

Things such as DS, NCP, OP etc. Whilst these may be accepted on parenting forums, they are not acceptable here, especially in view of the word c u s t o d y being banned from this site.

If you wish to use acronyms throughout your post, then please have the courtesy of explaining it first, before you use it again, as you would in letters to other people. For example, my Dear Son(DS), blah blah blah. My DS yadda yadda. Although it would probably be better just to say our child throughout your post instead of using DS.

I know that we have been using CSA, CTE and COA through a lot of posts, and currently these are not in the Glossaries. Would it be possible to have these included as acceptable acronyms?
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