If you have found typos in a Hub, you can leave a comment on that Hub politely pointing out the error. You can also send the user a private email pointing out any typos you've found by going to the Fan Mail section of her profile.
If you're referring to this sentence: "We recently ran a survey asking the 16% of Hubbers who opted out about why they chose not to participate in HubPro, our free editing service," the term "chose" is in the past tense.
Why do you assume it's a troll? Maybe he's just a reader who thought an author should made aware of a typo, but couldn't find anywhere to communicate (hub with closed comments section perhaps) and created an account to make a forum post.
To answer the OP's question, the best you can do is leave a comment. The author can then fix the typo and delete the comment. The report/flag button at the top of the article is only for reporting more serious issues, like spam or inappropriate subject matter.
It's possible that this person created an account because he just wanted to be helpful by pointing out an error he discovered in a Hub. Sadly, some new Hubbers are indeed here just to troll, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt (until they actually engage in harassment or petty bickering, of course!).
Thanks for looking out for the best interests of the community, though!
I don't understand why HP allows this. Most of these people do this, with this crap, and spam galore. We had one this morning, with another account, but name spelled just with one letter taken out of last name, and manages to do this activity over and over without ever creating one hub.
HP never deletes forums, only comments, initial post, etc. I wonder what Google thinks of this.
Trolls have some good qualities. They are always good at shaking things up when a forum gets tired, lazy and predictable. The only problem is when they single ppl out or become nasty, but even then they can be somewhat entertaining. But I am quite sure I am in the minority.
I think of a troll as someone who is faking their identity for dubious reasons, or someone who is purposefully trying to cause contention.
I don't fit either of those descriptions, but I can say, I have a very hard time walking away from a thread where someone, not defending themselves, is getting picked on. I also like to laugh and joke with ppl, which I think is a good connection to have in the midst of any thread. Although I would draw the line at a, "My Grandmother just died" kind of thread. Joking aside, this is where the personality issues come into play. Some ppl might feel that is an invasion to not "match tone", but I always feel it is opening the thread up to other personalities that might have wanted to take part, but felt intimidated. Inclusion, I think, is very important in community. It takes all kinds!!! We all belong here and we are all adults.
Ok... so you were just joking and I went off on a tangent... sorry. I just had to get that off my chest.
My use of "troll" was in this context: Hunting for trolls. Trollers hang around under bridges with troll guns at night (since trolls turn to stone in daylight), in the hope of bagging a troll head as a trophy. As a VERY endangered (i.e. nonexistent) species, trolls are protected by law, and trolling is therefore illegal. "The police arrested two hobbits yesterday on charges of trolling". The joke was lost I guess...lol
Thank you for that link! It almost works for what I wanted, but I did actually find out how to send a Hub writer a FanMail with the typos included with my complements as to their article they wrote. (I'm new here and FanMail link was hard to spot for some reason for me.) cheers, Jonathan Melusky
The human nature. Someone joins the site and starts a forum within minutes, just to report typos in a hub. It's human nature to scrutinize his use of grammar, based on the fact that he obviously appeared to be an expert.
I decided the minute I realize he was not a troll, that I would refrain from any kind of judgement when it came to people I don't really know.....that includes everyone but my immediate family.
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