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This guy posted a link to my profile on Twitter, could you tell me what he wants to say?

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why down vote my question? I really cannot sure what he want to say. –  lovespring Jan 25 '11 at 22:39
    
Don't know why it got downvoted. +1. –  Billy ONeal Jan 25 '11 at 23:29
    
According to META, the original "wanna" instead of want to in the title may have annoyed some purists. –  mplungjan Jan 27 '11 at 14:02
    
@mplungjan I, as a no native speaker, don't have much more feel in word. So if somebody tell me 'wanna' means 'want to' then I just accept it. –  lovespring Jan 27 '11 at 15:15
    
I understand. I just answered your question "why downvote my question" since I saw a discussion about silent editing on meta that mentioned your question –  mplungjan Jan 28 '11 at 10:13

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I think BoltClock is pointing out that it's kind of a strange thing to say. For other readers, this is your profile text reposted:

I'm an advanced typist. I can type in many languages, including Chinese, English, c++, php, javascript and SQL.

When you say "typist", it means the action of actually typing -- pushing the keys that make the words come out on the screen. The only way someone becomes an advanced typist is by being a faster typist. This is because the word "typist" used to refer to a clerk or secretary who was paid to operate a mechanical typewriter. For example, you don't be a typist by knowing C++, just as you don't know C++ by being a typist. Being a typist means you can type quickly, while knowing C++ means you can program in that language. (Granted, any good C++ programmer is also going to know how to type, but that doesn't mean you can't know the language and still be a hunt-and-peck person)\

What you probably want is "Advanced programmer", because "programmer" specifically indicates a computer operator who knows one or more programming languages, which seems to be the message you want to convey with your list of languages.

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And I think he was making a clever statement in his profile. Rather like Steve Yegge's old post. –  mmyers Jan 25 '11 at 18:52
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@Billy Sorry for my poor English, But it's a joke (or I want to say a joke). I really know I'm a programmer. –  lovespring Jan 25 '11 at 22:41
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@lovespring: Your English isn't bad. (The only reason I knew you weren't a native speaker is because it says so in your profile :P) I just didn't see the joke, and I could see how others might not get the joke. (But once you tell them why the joke is funny they feel like an idiot, as I do now :( ) –  Billy ONeal Jan 25 '11 at 23:29
    
+1 Good, cogent answer –  smirkingman Jan 26 '11 at 8:55
    
"I am a keyboard monkey" may have been clearer ;) –  mplungjan Jan 27 '11 at 14:05

Your Stack Overflow profile currently says:

I'm an advanced typist. I can type in many languages, including Chinese, English, c++, php, javascript and SQL.

Your Stack Overflow profile used to say:

I'm a advanced typist. I can type in many language, including Chinese, English, c++, php, javascript and SQL.

He's pointing out that an advanced typist should know how to type, spell and capitalise properly. It should really be:

I'm an advanced typist. I can type in many languages, including Chinese, English, C++, PHP, JavaScript and SQL.

In fact, it's usual only to mention your typing skills in natural languages, and only if you really mean the physical skill of typing at a keyboard. It might be that you want to say your an advanced speaker of these languages. And for programming languages, you'd more likely talk about your programming skills.

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"A advanced typist" is bad English, which he assumed to be bad typing, and so funny where you claim to be a good typist. (Your joke is not relevant to his joke).

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