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!
by Carolee Samuda3 years ago
Why is it that some writers do not respond to individual comments on their hubs?I noticed this with some writers who have been on HP for two years or more. They will choose to respond directly to some comments and...
by Ann Carr3 years ago
Do you always leave a comment if you read a hub?I have followers whom I've never seen in the comments sections and just wondered what other hubbers think about the comments in general. Do you leave comments when...
by RocketCityWriter4 months ago
Is it rude to point out grammar/spelling mistakes on hubs via comments?I've come across numerous hubs that have grammar and spelling errors, some minor and some littered with mistakes. Otherwise, these hubs would be...
by Randi Benlulu5 years ago
Do you feel that people should respond to comments that are left for them on their hubs?i personally enjoy the feedbak left to me, as well as the opportunity to get to know my fellow "Hubbers" but I have...
by Tessa Schlesinger4 months ago
I was quite stunned a week or more ago when someone made a statement on one of my hubs that she had commented twice and I had snubbed her by not replying. Her comment had been particularly flattering, and probably...
by Kenneth Avery6 years ago
December 7, 2011Hello to ALL on My Followers List!Yesterday and today, I have spent some time trying to read and offer my sincere comments on what followers' hubs that I could. I am leaving you this in case I cannot...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.