Sometimes (or let's say, often), when I see a spelling error in an otherwise perfect hub, I feel inclined, with the best of intentions, to write to the author and point out the glitch, but don't do so out of fear of offending.
I'm curious to know what others think. Would you be bothered if a fellow hubber emailed you through Hubpages with a friendly note saying, "I really like your hubs but think you may have a typo or two," and point them out?
I don't mean writing a "comment" but rather, using the email feature.
I think this has been discussed before. I think once in a while is fine, but it's not polite to go through all hubs and point out spelling errors. That's happened to me, where I'll type too fast and not go back and edit or think about using the spelling error feature. I've been trying to be extra careful lately though.
People have done that on a hub of mine. I didn't mind too much since I could correct it. However, like Whitney says I wouldn't appreciate it if someone went through all my hubs. I have wanted to say something (and may have) if the title has a spelling error as that can effect (or is it affect? ) people's earnings.
I agree uninvited...you know - my theory is I'm reading for the message, not the grammar and spelling. and I agree, it can get offensive really quickly and that's not what we're about.
Now, even though we're writing, we're not actually publishing, FORMALLY. This is a community of writing, and even tho we should make every effort to be "perfect" because we do want to be constantly growing, we miss the message if we become constant editors. Who wants that?
I would not like it if I spent hours writing from my heart and someone said "wow, great, you left the e off 2nd word 1st paragraph...."
it kills the message
Now, on the other hand, lots of errors also kill the message, sooo we do need to be careful. )
I'm different - I'd always want to know. That way I can change it!
Me too - would hate to think those errors lived on in the hubs for keeps!
Personally, I would love to know about any and all gramatical errors, because when there is an error, it can make the wrong impression and is distracting to those who see it. I realize that there must be some different grammatical rules in different countries, as well as different spellings, but to be alerted would not hurt.
I am on the fence on this one. I make a lot of errors. I think it is a little offensive, unless it is a good freinf of mine. Then correct away. However, I feel the responsibility to read through 3 or 4 times. When I do that I catch 99% of the issues. Sometimes I will even pass it by someone. So, in short, I think it's rude, but everyone should be reading through several times to minimize it.
I would not mind being informed if my Hub has any spelling mistakes. But many may not like when you point out mistakes.
Please tell me about my spelling errors if its not too much trouble. All I need is to look like this and be a bad speller too.
I'm a speling OCD individual, and former speling champoin. But seriosly, I would appreciate being notified by e-male of any errers.
Deff tell me unless it's a deliberate one like saying yer instead of your or tis instead of is. Methinks maybe just leave it, wats ya think ?
Old poem but a good one
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Feel free to email me and tell me when I have made a mistake!
I'd rather get an email that have it pointed out in comments;o)
Looks like it's 50/50. As I said, I've often have had the temptation to write people, but only have taken action once or twice with hubbers to whom I've felt a certain kinship. I invite all of you to read all my hubs :-) and let me know (in the comments section - I welcome all comments) if you see any errors. I do however, ask forgiveness if I don't actually "accept" them, but thank you all the same!
PS: I've edited this post due to my own errors about 4 times...
I would only offer to say anything if I couldn't understand what was being said I read and reread thru my own Hubs to ensure logical flow ...n usually catch errors or my spelling thingy jus auto corrects anyways lol
Please let me know. I have a bad habit of "missing words." That is, when I read over my hubs the words are in my head but somehow not on the screen. Don't ask me why.
I would really want to know. I'm kind of a grammar and editing freak!
I have recieved personal e-mails about typos and errors as it is always nice to know that someone is critquing you, and I have sent e-mails to others and have been thanked for noticing, so I believe it is o.k.
I wouldn't be offended if someone pointed out a spelling/typing problem; but being a person who minds my own business (maybe more than some people think is good), it would, I guess, strike me as a little more "interested" in my Hub than I think any readers are/should be.
Having said that, I don't particularly want to let typos go unfixed. Then again, I won't be pointing out anyone's spelling/typing "issues" in the near future and don't expect other people to worry about my "issues" either.
AE I agree, tell me when I bludder, I mean Blunder When i wrote I sort of go into a trance and what my mind is thinking my fingers just do not always keep up with . As long as it's a human/fellow hubber letting me know that's a good thing, just keep HUB2B2,( not to be confused with R2D2, he was cute) out of it
I think it all depends, as you can see, everyone's tastes are different. By pointing out any kind of mistake, you run the risk of aggravating someone. There are a lot of people who do not appreciate criticism. I know I,too, tend to type to fast and don't always check everything before publishing. Even when I do, sometimes you still miss things. I think I would like to know if something is blatantly wrong. For instance I published an article once where I used the word 'conjunction' instead of 'contraction'. Not really a spelling error, but an error nonetheless. I usually don't think too much of other's spelling errors, because we all do it from time to time.
I've seen a few hubs I wanted to comment about spelling and grammar but because I'm so new I also do not want to irritate people. I'm a slow writer, do a lot of research, and am obsessed with proofreading--which is, unfortunately, making it harder for me to be more productive :-(.
But if you do see an error in one of my hubs, please feel free to let me know!
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