Originally Posted by Reevolving
The entire point of this forum is to conform to "SF approved"
Anyone who denies it is a liar.
"SF Approved" is to dressing yourself as music theory is to playing an instrument. You don't have to conform to all the rules, but if you start breaking the rules without first learning what they are and the reasons they exist, in most cases you will just look like an idiot.
Take, for example, buttoning only the top button of a 2-button coat. There are three stages of knowledge to pass through. The first is ignorance, buttoning both buttons because you don't know better, which in most cases looks awful. The second is knowing the rule, you start to never button the second button because you've read that it should never be buttoned. The third stage is actually knowing why
, and in this stage you realise that some
coats are cut to allow both buttons to be done up, though others (most) are not, and you know how to tell the difference.