Please consider the two additions below, each connected to one of the sentences provided in the first expert opinion.
Original: We shouldn’t use a period here, as a period stops a sentence and starts an entirely new one: “Rhoda didn’t like going to the mall. She liked the place but she hated the crowds.” It gives off a clunky and robotic sound by adding an unnecessary full stop between the two clauses.
Additional Another advantage of a semicolon to connect these two ideas relates to more clearly showing and emphasizing the closeness between the two ideas, not just the effect of sound.
Original: A comma isn’t the way to go either, as a comma is typically meant to denote a shorter pause between two clauses. “Rhoda didn’t like going to the mall, she liked the place but hated the crowds.” While not necessarily incorrect, a comma here gives off a rushed tone that many experienced readers might find distracting, as it tries to tack a complete thought onto the end of another complete thought.
Additional Many consider the use of a comma here a grammatical error, aka a comma splice,
the comma not having enough verve to link the two points. The semicolon achieves
not only less pause but also stronger glue between the sections.