I want to clear a few things up.
I didn't ask Lazarus to ignore incorrect advice on grammar, I asked him to ignore Ikpuede - Marianne, that's a huge difference - and I asked that in the context of them ignoring each other, as they will clearly never see eye-to-eye.
I see that the site admin have removed the comments that led me to write that comment, thereby making it difficult to see why I did, but those of us who actually saw them know that there was simply no point them engaging with each other in that way.
There was no point because Ikpuede just does not want to learn from Lazarus, however right he may be.
It's blatantly obvious he hasn't come here as a student wishing to learn or improve, so he should not be treated like a student.
This issue cannot be settled in terms of RAE versus slang - they both want the last word, and neither will let the other have it, and we go merrily round the mulberry bush all over again.
If Lazarus does have the site operator's authority then it is up to him to bring this silly, weekend-long duel to an end, so the rest of us can get on with learning something, and correcting Ikpuede syllable by syllable will not bring anything to an end. All that does is inflame the situation, screw up yet another thread which was supposed to be a question about grammar, and worst of all set up another encounter between them in the future, thereby ruining the experience for everyone else.
As far as correcting other people go, of course Lazarus should correct them, for all the reasons Marianne suggests - provided he does so responsibly and tactfully - and we have all benefitted from his posts over time. But trying to make Ikpuede see he's wrong is pointless, because he hasn't come here looking for that.
I am so fed up with the rubbish in the forums this weekend.
Lazarus - please try to find another way to handle this, as the current one clearly isn't working.
Site Admin - you have been found wanting.