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Even though rules for commas are far from absolute, tutors--like so many other writers--sought guidance on three uses of commas, areas about which many professional writers are unsure: after introductory elements, before coordinate conjunctions joining sentences, and preceding such as and as well as.
Another punctuation rule baffled consultants: using a comma before FANBOYS (the acronym for the coordinate conjunctions, for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so) joining two independent clauses.
We now abuse the rule on "so" shamelessly, and the word seems well on its way to joining the list of coordinate conjunctions.
There is one breed of run-on that's inching its way toward respectability: Traditionally, "so" didn't qualify as a coordinate conjunction, and you couldn't use it to join independent clauses.