Question from a newbie:
Been reading through some well-written hubs that contain one or two glaring typos or mispelled words. Sometimes they're due to transposed letters, sometimes just outight mispellings (I saw "ludacris" instead of "ludicrous" in one, for example).
Is it bad form to point these out in the comments? I'd want to know if there was a problem with mine... Better to e-mail? Ignore? I want to be helpful, not snarky. TIA.
I use email rather than correcting the author publically.
It's impossible to predict how people will react. Some people will appreciate being told, whereas others will be affronted at your cheek!
One thing to bear in mind - if you send an email, you're revealing your email address to the Hubber. If you're comfortable with that, sending an email is more polite. However, if you don't like giving your email addy to strangers, you could leave a comment - and suggest they should delete the comment once they've acted on it.
I say do it by email, if you don't care whatever the hubber reaction is. With some people you just don't know how they would react. If you care how they would react, well don't say a word! I on the other hand, welcome all corrections either by comment or email.
My approach is to be as diplomatic as possible. For example, if I can refer to the sentence that contained the misspelled word in my comment, I spell the word correctly. This could make the writer go back to see what I found so interesting about that particular sentence, and he may begin to wonder which of us spelled the word correctly. Check back to the same hub a little later and see if it hasn't been edited. :-) If I can't do that, I refrain from comment. My personal feeling is that a writer can easily be forgiven for being a poor typist, but not for being a poor speller. After all, writing is his craft and words are his tools. I personally prefer that someone point it out if I misspell a word, but to avoid the snarkiness, I'd say do it privately.
I usually email unless it is one of my close friends, then I tell them on skype. I wish more people would do the same thing for me.
I still find typos that are two years old on some of my hubs.
If it was one of my hubs, I would want to know. An email would be great - something along the lines of, "Hey, I spotted a typo in your hub and I thought you might want to know." I found a typo in one of my hubs on my own (just missed a letter when typing), but I would have been grateful for someone to point it out earlier! I know some people disagree, though, and prefer their typos to remain in the article...
I agree with Leah -- if you see a typo on one of my hubs, I would love to know about it so I can fix it . . . Sometimes no matter how many times you proofread your own work, if you missed an obvious error the first couple of reads, you'll keep missing it on subsequent reads.
You're going to get conflicting responses. I would say don't do it. Focus on your own writing.
Some of us are happy to get corrections in comments or by email. I weclome all corrections.
With others, it's like leaving a bag of dog doo on their steps. You do NOT want to correct those folks!
Here's a recent thread that relates to this topic: http://hubpages.com/forum/post/1486806
Anyone noticing a typo in any of my hubs:
You will be thanked and you will have a friend.
Someone did point out on one of my hubs that I should have used handkerchieves instead of handkerchiefs I set him straight.
I'm not a big one for pointing out typos, but, to me, something like a little comment on the Hub (like, "I just thought you might want to know I noticed two typos that I thought you probably would rather not be there") is something I generally appreciate. Personally, I don't want to be getting e.mails over typos (or having to e.mail back to say, "thanks"). To me, e.mails turn a minor thing into a bigger production than it ought to be. I've appreciated the occasional note in comments, and I've occasionally (though rarely) pointed out what seemed like an important typo in comments.)
I have always been told and followed this simple rule:
Praise in public; critic in private
I would want to know if I had a misspelling.
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