Would it be possible, please, to show a little more latitude and tolerance over the use of abbreviations such as "sb" "s.o" and "sth" in posts in the English Only forum? I notice a number of people using these in their posts in apparent contravention of Rule 11, although that doesn't specifically prohibit them. I believe they're picking them up from sources such as dictionaries and grammar textbooks where they're widely used as a way of saving space when using illustrative examples, which is largely what the forum members concerned are doing. In most if not all cases it's obvious what the terms mean, so the question seems to me to boil down to one of usage and etiquette. My comments there apply to the English Only forum, but the type of abbreviation to which I refer is used in other European languages in the same way and perhaps in the corresponding forums as well. I'd be interested to know what their policy is on this. If the verdict is that they should not be used, then could I please ask for this to be handled by the moderators alone. I keep coming across harshly worded posts from experienced members in which no attempt whatever has been made to answer the question which was asked, but the hapless member concerned has been pulled to pieces solely for using a "non-standard" or "not acceptable" abbreviation. To make matters worse, a completely misleading explanation is sometimes given to back up the objection (Native speakers never use "sth"). I really don't feel this sort of thing sits at all well with our stated objective of being respectful, helpful and polite. Thanks!