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Why aren't we allowed to use 'informal shorthand'? it's not like bad language, and we're not swearing... and besides, this isn't school.

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Because everyone doesn't know "shorthand" & they want Ask to be readable & understandable to all!
I, for one, hate text talk!
I know it but I don't use it!
What's wrong with good grammar?

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oh ok
i just like shorthand sometimes when i'm in a rush
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I'm with you there!
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Vbm. Your answer has the and sign in it. That's not proper. Check yourself if you want us all to be perfect. Jeez
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I know, I realized it too late! I apologize!
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Use "informal shorthand" where..? On Ask.com?
You can use 'em, such as: w/ & or w/o, lol, omg, b/f, BFF, etc... You can't use any cuss or curse words, can't be threatening or offensive, but you're free to use abbreviations all you want, if you feel like it... "yw." :)

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It says that in the rules, but a lot of ask users do it. Big deal huh?
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ya well not on questions... they wont let me submit
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Please avoid informal shorthand like "gr8","b4","u r", etc.

and i had to change it so i could submit
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Oh... I never read that we can't do that... haha, oops! \n
As far as when you're asking questions... I think it's a good idea to spell the words out completely. Makes it easier for people to be sure of what it is you're asking. :)
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oh ya i get what u mean thanks
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Who cares? A lot of people on here do it. Just ignore the grammar nazis that get on to you.

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no like for questions when i used the word 'u' they wouldn't let me submit it
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quoting them
"Please avoid informal shorthand like "gr8","b4","u r", etc."
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