I started drafting this post post as a reply to DS elsewhere. He said, "Not anywhere that I have been able to discover," about sites to learn about rules of grammar, quality formal writing, etc.
It really does deserve a new thread of its own ...
What a strange coincidence you should say that ... today!
I know somewhere, a site where you may ask questions and have a handful of real expects (retired journalists, ... I expect) about grammar, etc.
However, this site has rules. Boy! Does this site ever have God-damn bloody RULES !!!
It only took about a week before I started throwing shit at the fan.
This is a comment I made to one of the 'moderators' there a few hours ago.
Basically, I'm fed up here – NOT with the rules, per se – but with their unequal enforcement. [If I say old hands obeying rules, I would too.] The site surely has policies for dealing with unrepentant recidivists. PLEASE ensure my name is added to that list ASAP.
The site reminds me of Monty Python-style skits about Victorian-era boarding schools for upper-class boys … the head prefect can do whatever he pleases and nobody says a word. Meanwhile, the other prefects are running around looking for any transgressions by lower-form boys - however minor – for the pleasure of dishing out a damn-good thrashing to whatever unfortunate they catch.
I've been planning to mention it here but I thought - just in case - I will ask Lazeez for his consent. Maybe he has some relationship with them and would not want me bad-mouthing them here. I explained why and asked if I could open a thread titled StackExchange is Great, But It Totally SUCKS!. He advised me today he had no objection to that.
I expect I'll get booted off the site pretty soon. Every time I get told off for breaking some rule, I intend to say I will not do what they demand; I will continue following examples set by their elder statespersons instead! I think I will enjoy making as much of a nuisance of myself as possible while using only carefully crafted statements of fact. :-)
After being kicked I will probably go back with another identity and restrict my activities to asking questions - some of them there really know their stuff.
StackExchange has a number sites. The one that suits my needs is English Language & Usage (ELU).
I sincerely recommend it as a good place to ask questions. DO NOT bother attempting to answer questions from others; that be a Highway to Hell! Expect many questions to be
An answer my quotes above has come back while I've been writing this. It was from 'MetaEd' ... the head prefect I presume :-) It appears to be only a level-one good-damn thrashing. It ends with this lie!
This is not directed at anybody in particular. It is at the long trail of comments attached to this answer. - MetaEd