No pedants don’t annoy me and AFAIC I’m pretty sure that we all have some habit or characteristic the somebody else somewhere would probably find irritating.
If somebody is going to be pedantic though it helps if they are consistent rather than having them for example complain about a reply being long-winded to ensure accuracy as a result.
It is good to read that pedants are tolerated by most on OFC. I say that because as far as spelling, grammar and punctuation are concerned that is where I am exactly that. No way of changing it either after a 55-year working life in printing, advertising and publishing. Errors simply were not tolerated, that was drummed into me. My training from the start of a trade apprenticeship, at the age of 15 involved ensuring there were no errors in the final printed work. During those years I was also trained in the aesthetics of design – what looks nice and what does not. Yet another learning curve that I find I just cannot change after all those years.
Spellcheckers I cannot tolerate, the errors they often introduce are appalling. I firmly believe the use of spellcheckers has helped towards the decline in today’s standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation. All I can do these days is notice the errors and then I just have to do my best to ignore them.
Sometimes it is circumstances. The nature of my project work, electrical engineering, needed to be precise. The calculations needed correct. I suppose that probably reflected in ordinary life - and in this forum…