Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as:
"proper use of the word _______"
Both times links to your forum were at the very top of the results list and both times reading the brief summaries of the web page caused me to be confident that I would find the explanation I needed. Both times I was delighted to find the thread to which I was redirected contained enough information for me to properly use the word that was causing me grief. Unfortunately, both times the threads containing answers to my questions were denoted OFF TOPIC and the author was chastised for failing to read the preamble to this forum.
For eighteen years every question I asked my father drew a response that never included an answer, chastised me for not thinking properly, not looking in any of the right places, not asking a more inquisitive question. At an appropriate age these gyrations would have been valuable learning experiences. At five and six years old, they were cruel.
Like the bear that does not go near the tree with the teeth in the grass that mauled his leg, I will post my question on a forum with nicer folks.