I don't get a lot of mail, but what I do get is sometimes... interesting.
Some of it is good, some of it is bad, and some of it is strange. The strange stuff usually comes from people who want something. There was the person who wanted a third party to post more about alcohol (the inspiration for this
); this person is so thought-challenged they were under the impression that the material here
was research! (For those of you who don't know, research tends to look more like this
.) There are legions of people out there who can't tell the difference between facts and gloss, or kilowatts and kilowatt-hours for that matter.
Then there are people who ought to know better. I got a request from a new blogger trying to promote his site. Unfortunately for him, he immediately got off on the wrong foot by larding his request with spelling and grammar errors. A cursory scan of the site showed more of the same, plus fancy glitz like text crawls.
I'm not going to link to anything like that, and I said so. Regardless of how "empowering" the author may feel his work to be, I think readers of The Ergosphere deserve good writing first and foremost, enclosing solid facts and good thinking. Details count, and content is the be-all and end-all. I don't simplify my English for machine translation, but I do my best to use proper spelling and grammar so that this blog is not more difficult to access than necessary.
My one-sentence negative response prompted a reply which closed with "fuck you". This indicated to me that he didn't get the point, so I was somewhat more forthcoming regarding why I was not going to offer links (immaturity having been added to the list).
So here's a promise to you, readers: The Ergosphere may have errors, and will have snide language directed at people with illogical or idiotarian tendencies. But I will correct the errors when they come to my attention, and The Ergosphere is and shall remain a no-glitz zone both in the hosted content (as much as Blogger allows) and the links I provide. I don't have to worry about meeting a schedule for an employer, so I don't have to try to write something to fill a slot on a particular topic; this is an amateur effort, meaning I do it because I love it. I'll provide the best thinking I've got, and link you to the best I can find.
The Ergosphere: All content, all the time.
: I received another entreaty from this blogger. Apparently, he either cannot take a hint or is baffled by spell-checkers. "Charaties"? Oh, for pity's sake....