It's the first time I see github's Readme's being used as a blogging tool. Is this common? I've started to link to a Vagrant/Ansible repo for my setup / code intensive posts, but having the code and the text encapsulated as a repo is quite novel.
I've been using github pages as a blogging tool since it makes linking between various posts easier but if you're primarily writing about code this may be even better since the code is easily accessible.
Grammar Squad here with the facts. And just the facts.
When effect is a verb, the object must be the change itself, similar to cause: "Hacker News effected a significant deterioration in site availability". With affect, the thing being changed is the object: "Hacker News affected the site."
Sadly I left that part out of the original claim. My apologies for perhaps sounding condescending.
Correction was imo:
a) correct (was proven false by you)
b) unnecessary - pedantry is only OK in strictly professional context, which I don't consider HN to be. This was omitted from original claim by my error (
I really meant to thank you for correcting me there i.e. "Thanks for that input". It might have came of as sarcastic, but was not my intention. There is nothing (of value) to win/lose in a debate. In fact losing debate is more enlightening.
Could you elaborate on that? Since that doesn't make too much sense to me. From what I know, the movement goes in the opposite direction: much of what was considered "grammar" in the past has been reinterpreted as a part of the lexicon, now that we actually have adequate technology to work with humongous corpora.
Sure. Linguists consider grammar to basically be what a person knows in order to say they are a fluent speaker of their language, which includes understanding words in that language. More narrowly speaking, lexical information is tied to syntactic information because certain syntactic constraints are imposed by our lexicons.
That's one of my favorite things about HN. People (typically) don't jump on top of the minor grammatical errors, typos, and misusages that pretty much everyone who doesn't triple-check their posts is inclined to make.
Unless they're particularly egregious, they're generally ignored and the content of the post is focused on instead.