I am very mediocre about it.
I DO NOT get all the whinging about it. It edits very minimally compared to what I hoped/expected, especially on hundreds of badly written comments.
I DO wish we had the choice to have it automatically set to "off" rather than "on".
I DO wish it got in there and correctly edited more comments. For instance so many don't have a capitilised first letter, no commas, run on sentences... lol!
I kind of like it too and I appreciate that admin is cleaning things up, so to speak. It's not perfect, but it seems to catch a lot of errors, especially in comments where people seem a bit lackadaisical in using language correctly.
I like Editbot too! I am happy it catches the few typos in my hubs and fix some mistakes in the comments sections.
Thank you HubPages admin.
I feel the same as WryLilt. The system has its weaknesses, some of which are slightly annoying but I can't see anything to justify so many people being in high dudgeon (can you tell I've been reading Regency novels lately).
The level of annoyance people feel varies depending on they type of content they write, as surely you can see that people who write more technical content, use foreign phrases, quotes, puns, etc. are finding more editbot miscorrections compared to people who write straight-up plain English prose. I am seeing about a 5% error rate with editbot on my hubs and their comments.
The editbot is good for typos, but it misses the point totally in some cases. I have a quote on one of my hubs by W.C. Fields which goes:
The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
The editbot has no brain obviously and had edited it to:
The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with bated breath.
I don't think that's what W.C. Fields had in mind when he said/wrote this line.
This of course is the problem with humour and word play. All robots are too stupid to appreciate it, and that includes not just Idiotbot but also the Google bot. As a result, the web feeds us with grey, boring pap, which generally also targets a reading age of 8 or so to make it acceptable to the illiterate masses, and thus to advertisers, and thus to Google.
And those changes are instant-live. I would rather be given a period of time to check them first.
With all the changes over the past 2 years (mainly the human revisions, but also stuff like this), traffic to my hubs has gotten significantly better without me lifting a finger. Can't thank hubpages enough!
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