Many times I will see an attention grabbing title and within the first sentence there will be a misspelling of a word. Okay, to err is human and we have all made typographical errors. However, in proceeding further into the story presented I will notice numerous mistakes and grammatical missteps. At that point, I simply can not go any further and I leave the Hub. What amazes me though will be the number of comments decrying accolades to the author. So I ask, how can other readers fawn over an article filled with one mistake after another? Am I the one who is being unreasonable?
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Dear, dear Paula. Thank you for your comments, and I hope people learn from what you just wrote. There are so many gifted writers on this site, so I have learned to focus on them and give them encouragement to write more of their magic. Write!
What a super. analytical and easy to understand response you have given, You are so right regarding freedom of choice. I'm reminded that to be a winner then you should stick with the winners. Thanks again for your comment.
First of all, I have no idea why someone would give your answer a down vote. Secondly, I too have acted the mercenary at times. It is just too disturbing for me to see people dote on authors of poorly worded Hubs...I just don't get it.
Thank you for your honesty. Your reasoning makes perfect sense to me. I agree that poorly worded Hubs lower the standards and how this site appears to others. Since when do we award praise for slipshod work? To be a pro then act the pro.
Bravo. I agree with you completely.
Wow, there are so many excellent answers. How am I going to select a "best" answer? I have never "flagged" a Hub, but after reading your explanation maybe I will become more involved. It is a great community here and I love being a part of it.
Thank you for the excellent question, pagesvoice. As a writer, I allow myself to be my harshest critic. But I have learned NOT to leave bad criticism because not all writers can take it. Without developing tough skin, how can one truly write???
I hope the question wasn't upsetting, but I really was curious what motivates some with their replies based on a Hub that has been poorly written.
I meant "what a question" in a good way, as it's gained a lot of interest. It was something I wondered about myself. Please don't think I'm upset.
No pun intended, but I'm glad we are on the same page.
Thank you Arlene and I concur with the cyber friend angle. I am curious why your honest response has resulted in 2 people voting you down.
pagevoice, I have been writing for money since the late 70s, and with it comes the expectation that there will be those who don't want to deal with what you put out there. But at the same time, they are entitled to their opinions.
I agree with your comment Arlene. There are some of us who take the written word seriously and then there are some who feel entitled to $$$ for everything they write. Horrible writing doesn't equate to a wonderful Hub.
Hey Arlene! "GOOD ANSWER!! You go, girl!
Ah, Paula. Thank you! But what's a writer to do but be grateful that people aren't hunting you down to throw eggs at you? When readers start slinging bad criticism, this is where you borrow that shield from Captain America! Back! Back!
While I appreciate the reasons pointed out in your answer, I don't feel it is up to me or other Hubbers to act as editors for someone else. Of course, this is just my opinion.
You wouldn't act as editor, but instead of voting up or down, or "funny", "amazing", or whatever, you would mark it as "need revision" or something like that...
I am merely a writer on this site. If an article is written in a way that captures my attention and is presented professionally, I will vote up, awesome, etc. I'm not the word police and would never tell someone to revise their work.
It is best to be responsible for your own writing and publishing and not depend on strangers' comments. Otherwise, pay someone to edit your work and not rely on anyone but yourself to do the writing.