I have to say I agree with points from both arguments - it is irritating to read internet-speak that is more or less utter nonsense... At the same time, you *are* reading comments on a comic strip... So how important is the grammar, exactly?
More than anything, I think these lengthy debates on grammar could take place in a forum somewhere else - and leave comic comments to actually be about the strip.
That being said, lol to PHB getting pwned by d engineers =P (and yes, haha, this is on purpose. Hope no one blows a fuse over it)
There's a difference between understanding and deciphering. There's also the factor of making sense. Someone can have written something well, proper grammer and good spelling, but it doesn't mean what was written makes sense, espeically without deciphering. (e.g. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.)
What EaTaylor wrote makes sense, there really isn't much deciphering involved. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I read it my brain just seemed to automatically put punctuation where it was supposed to be. It could have been much worse. It could have been in chat-speak.
Now could we possibly focus the comments more on the comic, rather than on how other people write? Most of the comments on here seem to be "I'm smarter than you." posts.
I agree that presenting yourself intelligently is important, but it's not just about appearances for me. I don't necessarily mind abbreviations, and many things that would be considered "obscene" don't bother me, so long as the person put at least a modicum of thought into what they say.
And as to the point of view that says it's acceptable so long as it can be deciphered... how long will it take before you *can't* decipher it? The point of having rules of grammar is the same as the reason you have rules of the road. There may be specific reasons for some of them (use "an" instead "a" before a vowel-like sound, because it's simply a lot easier to say and sounds more pleasant), but the biggest reason is just to have a consistent set of rules, so we can all read anything written by anyone. You cast those aside, and in the next couple years or so we'll be fine. It's 10 years from now when every single person continues to write whatever he/she wants that you'll start looking at sentences and actually having to ask what is meant, because you simply cannot understand what is being written. Even *with* consistently applied rules, the natural evolution of language ensures this happens to a degree anyways (look at how many people, sadly, struggle with Shakespeare); why accelerate the process?