I would like to see a feature that allows us to tell our fellow hubbers about spelling errors and other corrections we notice without it being in the comments, so that we don't embarrass them to other readers. I think it would help our pages to look more professional with less grammatical errors, and we all are another set of proofreading eyes. I know I appreciate when someone catches one of my mistakes, but I would rather it not be in the comment section.
I believe that should read, "fewer" grammatical errors instead of "less" grammatical errors. lol
A little grammar humor for you
This is a really cool idea. I would love this, but, alas, I think it would probably cause fights. A very large number of people fancy themselves grammar experts. Most of them are clueless and cling to "rules" that have no meaning to anyone but themselves and an English teacher somewhere in their past who, themselves (himself or herself lol) clung to the rules they learned at whatever period in history they were handed a book of rules, etc. back into history.
Stated with enough pomp and authoritah, a person who is well versed in a particular holy book of grammar can obfuscate, bully and pontificate their way into convincing a new or less-confident writer into believing whatever it is they have to say.
That sort of "confidence" abounds on sites where people who write congregate, and those less familiar with grammar are usually the most inclined to argue endlessly for the case of their correctness, which, for the more seasoned writers, gives them away, but for someone with less experience starts to sound like "law" given the force of the arguments. It's amazing how quickly grammar conversations degrade to lines drawn in the sand, often right down the middle of the bloody battlefield that is Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, and, perhaps ironically, more often these days drawn somewhere far less credible.
I can see the perks and cons of this. I wish someone would do that for me, but I would be fearful to do that to otheres, because they would get angry. It would be nice if it's something you can opt-in or out of.
I set my comments so they have to be "approved" for. If someone posts a grammar comment, I send them an email thanking them, and stating that I won't publish the comment. Seems to work well to me! You could additionally just send an email to the hubber about the grammar error, too.
If some people want this, fair enough. However, an opt-out ability would be essential. I already get at least two emails a week from Hubpages and certainly do not wish to receive any more.
I have actually given a heads up on this very same issue by going to the profile and clicking on their email address (if they have one) and contacting the hubber privately. I would love to know about typos and disconnects in my hubs and its especially great if its on the downlow.
I haven't experienced this, and hopefully I never will. I think one problem is people don't realize where the "send email" link is anymore. At one time it was below the profile picture, but is now buried under Fan Mail.
I believe this is something that HP are already considering. I may have imagined this in my dreams - - but I seem to recall a request for potential beta testers in this area a few months back on the HP blog. The obvious concern for me is the difference between British/American grammar and particularly spelling in so many instances. I have no doubt I would be picked up frequently...
I think this would be a very nice addition. I don't feel qualified to rip someone's hub to pieces with grammatical errors, but sometimes you see obvious words left out of a sentence or a wrong word (like "off" instead of "of"). The hub can be of excellent quality, but your eyes see what you think you typed. Personally, I would really appreciate being told about these types of errors.
I wouldn't want them pointed out in the comments, however. So, if someone doesn't want to take the time to send a separate email, they could add a "Suggestions" or "Clerical errors" button next to the comments. There might be a few hubbers that get carried away, but overall I think it would be worth it--as long as it didn't get publicly disseminated. You could ignore their suggestions completely, if you so chose.
This is exactly what I was thinking when I made this suggestion.
I think that is a great idea to make this happen.
1. It would be easier for the commenter because it would be on same page and wouldn't require him/her to go looking for an email address and having to explain which hub has the problem.
2. It wouldn't be shown to the public.
3. It would also be easier for the author, since he/she would know exactly which hub had the problem, and could go straight to it to correct. And, if they could look at it like they can look at spam comments, they would only have to look at it when they were emotionally ready for criticism.
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