Recently, in one of the more niche tags I follow, a new user has cropped up and started answering questions - very well to his credit - but one thing that stands out is his use of shortened "text speak" language. I'm no dinosaur by any means, but I'm not sure that using that sort informal language like that fits Stack Overflow.

Words like "ur" and "plz" crop up a lot, but they are getting upvotes because often the code is correct. Should I correct the language used to the Queen's English or just get over it?

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Soooo tempted to re-title How 2 deal with user.... –  Pëkka Sep 8 '11 at 8:43
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@Pekka: u mean usr –  Matt Sep 8 '11 at 14:41
    
@Matt sry d00d thx –  Pëkka Sep 8 '11 at 14:45
    
Vote to close as Not Constructive is another attractive option. –  user7116 Sep 8 '11 at 14:50
    
@six: for answers? –  Joachim Sauer Sep 8 '11 at 14:59
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@Joachim: vote to close my comment as a failure to read non-textspeak English. –  user7116 Sep 8 '11 at 15:01
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@Pekka: omg u r bak! –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 8 '11 at 15:38
    
@Strait yeah! Decided 2 us my rl name 4 a chng –  Pëkka Sep 8 '11 at 15:40
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dude, y u pst dis dup? meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/60597/… –  Pops Sep 8 '11 at 15:45
    
Since you used the phrase "the Queen's English," see also What should the standard spelling be - British or US? and What's the deal with retagging from UK English to US English. –  Pops Sep 8 '11 at 15:46
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@Popular i dint no, hard 2 srch 4 shrt wordz –  Dunhamzzz Sep 8 '11 at 15:57
    
@Pekka: Didn't you ask us to drink more rice milk yesterday - seriously? –  Hendrik Vogt Sep 9 '11 at 5:54
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@Hendrik I did, but didn't have the time and Muße to write a good text, so I rolled back. –  Pëkka Sep 9 '11 at 7:17
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Should I correct the language used to the queens english or just get over it?

You should correct it. Not only is text speak infuriating, it must be completely impenetrable to those users for whom English is not their primary language. The programming issues we're tackling here are complex enough without having to work to decipher the language used to explain them.

In my humble opinion it'd also be worth dropping the user a comment to ask him/her to use full English, and even to flag to a moderator any repeat offenders who simply refuse to mend their ways.

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"Not only is text speak infuriating [...] IMHO"? lol... –  H.B. Sep 8 '11 at 8:39
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@H.B. IMHO iz not part of the txt spk that we all h8. –  Pëkka Sep 8 '11 at 8:44
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Thts db8abl tbh –  Dunhamzzz Sep 8 '11 at 8:45
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I fxd it nw. l8rs. –  razlebe Sep 8 '11 at 8:48
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I ♥ ygm ----- –  Pëkka Sep 8 '11 at 8:49
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If this wasn't on Meta, I would flag those comments. Because it offends my mind and soul. –  tombull89 Sep 8 '11 at 8:57
    
Posted against any other answer, I would too. –  razlebe Sep 8 '11 at 9:00
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Flag him for moderator attention. We'll drop him a little love note and ask him kindly to stop.

Or, you can just leave him a comment pointing him to this question. That may work just as well.

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