As a retired English teacher, I find myself wanting to make comments about the writing and layout rather than just strictly the content. Is that appropriate? Also, is it appropriate to point out things like spelling errors in titles? I read a hub where every use of "dessert" (for a pie) was spelled "desert." I don't want to offend. We all make typos and such. Thoughts?
I think a lot of hubbers would appreciate being told if a hub is full of mistakes so they can edit and make corrections. However, there are some who don't care. My suggestion would be to use the contact link on their profile page. In the email, explain why you're writing and kindly point out the mistakes. I'd also ask them if they want me to continue sending them helpful hints. If they say no, I'd drop it.
Anyone pointing out an error in one of my hubs gets a free hug from paradigmsearch. Film at 11.
I don't see a contact button the profile page. Where is it?
Along the right hand side, you should see a list - followers, following, fan mail, etc. If you click on fanmail, there's a link above the messages people have left that says "Send [person's name] an email". I don't use it often, so I don't know if people can disable the link or not.
There's no harm in pointing out an obvious typo via the comments. After the author fixes the mistake he or she can delete the comment and it will be as if nothing happened.
Some authors might get snippy with you, but a normal person who cares about the quality of his or her work will be thankful. Personally I would only do it if the mistakes were infrequent and minor. If there errors are pervasive the person is probably beyond help and it's best just to flag for low-quality.
Hi Lisa, if you want to help make any correction I think the hubber would appreciate it better by your going via the "fan mail" on their profile page. That way it is done privately and more tactfully. I'll show you by going through your profile page and then you can respond to me if you would like. -
Oh, I think you must follow them first, in order for the fan mail to permit you to contact them. I just tried sending you a message but I need to go back and follow you so, let's follow each other. -
You don't have to follow a hubber in order to send them an e-mail as described by shellamyers above. Do not put corrections or suggestions in fan mail. Be sure it's in the email which you can access through fan mail as shellamyers recommended.
E-mail can be disabled and a few hubbers have done that.
Personally, I would appreciate being informed of any glaring mistakes in my writing and you can even put it in a comment if you like since my comments do not go public until they are approved. I could then delete the comment after I make the correction and send you a big thank you!
Thanks Au fait. I don't plan to go through a bunch of hubs and point out errors. I would hope that if I have made a big mistake (which I often do) that someone would gently let me know. It seems like every time I post a comment that I make an error or two. Guess I need to proof those also!
Sorry for spelling you wrong sheilamyers. My eyesight is not the best and I thought it was 2 L's.
Lisa, I haven't noticed any mistakes in your comments, but as you say, we all make typos sometimes. 4:30 AM comes early and I'm off to slumberland.
Please feel free to let me know if you ever find any mistakes in my articles. I'm sure there are plenty and I've often wished I had another set of eyes to proof them. Sometimes I make some really ludicrous mistakes and those really are embarrassing. The sooner they're corrected the better. So if every you're bored . . .
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