I think you want the word "affected" in your second paragraph. Effects are the result of causation, whereas affect refers to the causation. The citizens were affected by the effects of this policy.
(As often happens, the root comment wasn't so bad, but the subthread is terrible.)
I believe it's even possible to affect affects by effecting an affect effect, in effect. English is weird.
(Linguistic tangents are best tangents!)
I never liked the verb sense of effect. It always seemed to me to be too much like a managementspeak verbizating torturement of the ordinary noun sense of effect. Obviously, the verb sense means "to produce an effect", but are you really gonna diss the perfectly cromulent already-existing word that has meant that for longer--"affect"? ~
In condimentarius scriptor apostrophe delenda est.
And yes, we can all find grammatical mistakes. Now, producing something worth reading is another story?
Good grammar never gets old. In fact, it boosts your income: http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/03/11/rep...
> Now, producing something worth reading is another story?
I've become less of a grammar nazi over the years (falling in love with a dyslexic woman will just... force you to do that lol), but I see it as kind of like colorblindness... If everyone is telling you your colors don't match, and you don't see it, it doesn't mean it doesn't bother them (or that you shouldn't care). Or if you're deaf and make random noises that you don't hear, but they bother others... perhaps you should figure out how to stop. That sort of thing. It's a discord thing.
The fact that it got upvoted too just illustrates the commentariat are more interested in style over substance.