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Part of the area51 page for The Great Outdoors currently reads:

Every site needs a solid group of core users to assist in moderating the site. We recommend:
150 users with 200+ rep (currently 57 users with 200+ rep)
10 users with 2,000+ rep (currently 1 users with 2,000+ rep)
5 users with 3,000+ rep (currently 0 users with 3,000+ rep)

Clearly it doesn't effect the functionality of the site, but it'd be nice if the grammar were correct - i.e. display 1 user, not users.

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Quick, where's that tweet - the one about the giant 'S' ... –  Adam Rackis Feb 8 '12 at 16:40
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@AdamRackis twitter.com/#!/codinghorror/status/1165936105 –  Anna Lear Feb 8 '12 at 16:43
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Oh, my. Well I suppose it had to happen one more time. –  Tim Post Feb 8 '12 at 16:46
    
hehe, thanks @Anna :-) –  Adam Rackis Feb 8 '12 at 16:47
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@AnnaLear: With Jeff's leaving SE, who will go bludgeon people now!? –  animuson Feb 8 '12 at 17:02
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@animuson That just means it is now safe to open Pluralization Bugs! (note the lack of quotes on Bug) –  Jim Feb 8 '12 at 17:09
    
@animuson I suspect Shog9. He is well suited for the role. –  Diago Feb 8 '12 at 17:43

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The good news: this is fixed now. But the bad news: preparations for your bludgeoning are underway.

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I shall hide under the sofa until further notice ;) –  berry120 Feb 14 '12 at 1:34

I refer you to the following:

http://twitter.com/codinghorror/status/1165936105

Dear Next Person Who Opens a Pluralization 'Bug', I will personally come to your house and bludgeon you to death with a giant S

Reference here and here

The new regime might take this more seriously, however the essence of the answer remains

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Uh-oh.......... –  berry120 Feb 8 '12 at 16:45
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Well, I, for one, welcome our new Giant S overlords! –  Time Traveling Bobby Feb 8 '12 at 16:45
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And now that Jeff is leaving, the new overlords can be trained to not dismiss these out-of-hand. –  casperOne Feb 8 '12 at 17:56
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There has been no reversal of this position. Where do you live, @berry120? :) –  Jarrod Dixon Feb 8 '12 at 20:10
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@Jarrod I'll create a GUI interface using visual basic to track his IP address –  David Fullerton Feb 9 '12 at 16:21
    
@DavidFullerton: LOL! Good one! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Feb 14 '12 at 2:39

Well, if we're going to nitpick the grammar, then let's fix that colon.

[a colon] should not separate a verb from its complement or a preposition from its object.

Strunk & White pg 8


In other words what comes before a colon needs to be a complete sentence, which "We recommend" isn't.

So Jeff, before you pack out your office, be sure to fix the pluralization above, and also kill off that colon :-)

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I can see Jeff beating someone with a giant colon, too. Careful. –  Tim Post Feb 8 '12 at 16:54
    
@TimPost As long as he's not strangling someone with his own colon… –  Gilles Feb 9 '12 at 11:36
    
@Gilles Note, I said a colon. Ownership of said colon is at the sole discretion of the one giving the beatings. It may be his, or it may be your's. Heck, it might even be 'borrowed' from an unwitting passer by. –  Tim Post Feb 9 '12 at 13:26

I agree. But if one is going to nit-pick another's grammar, best to double-check one's own:

it'd be nice if the grammar was correct

You mean it would be nice if the grammar were correct. ;-) (Ducks and runs.)

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Nicely done, TJ –  Adam Rackis Feb 8 '12 at 17:47
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I have no words.. +1 ;) –  berry120 Feb 8 '12 at 21:45
    
Skitt's Law applies. But TJCrowder, you picked something that's actually not an error (thus the law applies to your post too): you don't have to use the subjunctive, the indicative is also correct. Now, @berry120, look up affect and effect in a dictionary. –  Gilles Feb 9 '12 at 11:42
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@Gilles: I don't believe the indicative is correct when you're dealing with the conditional ("it'd be nice"). That's why we have the subjunctive. But I'm always open to learning, so I've asked the question. :-) (Thanks for the Skitt's Law link; of course there's a "law" for it.) –  T.J. Crowder Feb 9 '12 at 12:39

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