There is a difference between a forum and a chat room. The latter is for light, usually inconsequential banter, but forums combine that with weightier discussion and debate. The chat and banter is fun--we are no less friendly and gregarious than other people--but the ongoing discussions require the use of sound logic and skillful writing.<quoted text>
hmm...i fall under the category of people far too unconcerned with things like this when im simply chatting on a forum. you choose which one i am. i really couldn't care less.
Compare my posts with, say, those of our Baltic friend. Mine often tackle weightier topics and express more complex ideas, yet they are also more accessible, easier to read. That's the key, really. More complex posts require better writing and, more importantly, skillful editing.
As long as you are chatting, a slapdash style works fine. But when a post runs to a full paragraph or more, more attention to technique is required if anyone is expected to read the whole post.