Since becoming a member of Gather just over a year ago I have had occasion to read hundreds of articles and even more comments published on the site by other members. It would appear to me that, without actually compiling exact statistics, upwards of 90% of postings are made by semi-literate people, although some may well have been done by seven to ten-year-olds. I suppose it could be that some extreme sloppiness and ignorance of the English language is due to a deliberate attempt to be humorous, or provocative, or perhaps even folksy. But I doubt it. In deference to those members whose first language is not English - my humble apologies; this criticism is not directed at you. In most instances I find that the foreign-language members do much better than most of the American ones.
I would like to put out a challenge to Gather members to see just how many, if any at all, are able to put together two sentences, one following the other in a logical sequence, utilizing all the rules of proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and capitalization. If your first language is not English you may submit your offering in your native tongue. Any attempts at humor or sarcasm will be ignored. I have no interest whatsoever in amassing points, so if I don't receive more than one comment I will be neither hurt nor surprised. I will consider any and all serious attempts to comply as praisworthy.