Running spelling and grammar tools, and plagiarism checks, on the three Hubpro examples in the recent blog [ http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/03/23/hub … -makeover] highlighted errors in all of them. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/129533#post2719123
Similarly the latest Editors Choice Award contains 2 spelling errors
"thecharacterization"; "toneof" and a number of grammatical errors.
I suggest it is time for HP to lift its game, and do what it asks authors to do - set the highest standard. All it takes is to use simple cheap software tools to do the checks. IMO
This especially applies for Hubpro which is meant to showcase to Google glowing perfection in quality to defeat Panda slaps. Errors defeat this purpose.
ECs are meant to be the best of the best and get assigned glowing labels and endorsement in related hubs, topics, etc.
Okay so wait a minute, number three overlaps heavily with http://scmomentum.com/50-ways-to-show-m … thers-day/ (May, 2014)
Was that just not detected, or was that actually added by the editor?
Plagiarism is serious stuff and duplicate content is surely something a "HubPro" looks for?.
We work really hard to have the highest standards especially for Hubpro and EC. However, we are human and mistakes do get through. Even the best of us make mistakes (take the title of your forum post for example has a simple typo that I'm sure you missed even after reading it multiple times.)
I appreciate your sentiment, and we are working hard on improving our game. Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes Hubbers go back and add content or change the work that we have edited, so you can't always be sure that the changes made were by an editor. I'm not saying we don't make mistakes, but we have had a lot of Hubbers edit their Hubs after our HubPro editor and added grammatical/spelling/style errors. Like I said, I do appreciate the feedback. You are right, we all need to up our game!
Could you tell me more about HP's intermal programs? I missed the blog post on that one.
@Robin, Thanks for your response. Glad you picked up my inserted m&m 'typos'! It is not so hard! I agree we all need to work hard to strive for the best that it can be. I use SpellCheckPlus(dot) and there are many similar software tools. I still think that HP should get the APIs for some of these packages, and develop automatic tools that check for spelling, grammar and copied content. This would be very helpful for everyone and the site overall! It is odd that HP does not even have a spellchecker on the site after 8+ years. Cheers
I missed it, too, until I saw Robin's post. She has a sharp eye.
I think it's great you use other software for grammar and spelling. We do have a spell checker in the Text Capsule, but it would be nice to have a grammar checker on HubPages. We have looked into it in the past, and I will bring it up again. Thanks for the feedback.
Yep, we click publish and to our horror, we see errors! We edit, then we see again --- errors. It's a never ending battle with errors! But come to think of it, I sometimes see well written hubs with a soul in it, though with a number of spelling and grammatical errors. Some hubs can be so perfect, but it's like entering into a hollowed hall with no living thing in it. I'd rather read the former.
I kind of like the word "intermal"!! Just think, we now have a new word for the English language!
Years ago I was teaching a class of advanced 7th graders and told them to make up a word that only the class would know the meaning of, but to use it liberally. We had such a good time with that lesson!
The word was "Gefungasblatt". Any guess as to what it meant?
Snarking over a spelling mistake in a forum post versus errors in actual hubs.
Yeah. That gives me so much faith in management at the moment.
Suggestion: make HP's native spell check run automatically when you save a draft. The spelling errors could be highlighted and noted in the yellow warning box that appears on the side in draft mode, similar to the way broken links are highlighted.
I know it won't result in everyone writing perfect typo-free hubs, but it might slightly improve quality site-wide if people pay attention to that sort of thing. I know it would help me.
I check my text when I am in edit mode, and the red underlines have always been helpful. If a word I am using which is a legitimate word, is underlined, I simply right-click and click on "add to dictionary". That seems to word just fine.
Unfortunately, it does not catch things like "hear" and "here", or "to", "too", or "two", but my brain usually does.
I am grateful for that feature, as it has caught a few things that I missed.
Your little spello proves your point for the necessity of your suggestions. Are you sure you didn't do it on purpose?
Gefungasblatt... Hhmm...A leaf of fungus?
Or ... The gasboard's magazine?
What was it?
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