Speaking of the red pencil mark...I have just gone through several of my hubs displaying this symbol.
I would like to report first, a glitch; or perhaps rather, a lesson the editbot needs to learn. In correcting the comments, I was fine with 99.99% of them, but on one hub, the commenter had typed "wretch" when the word he meant was "retch."
The editbot did not catch this; it does not seem to know the difference between the two words.
For the rest, most of the corrections were typos, and I have no problem with those. Some things, however, are not strictly typos, but adding assorted accents on words, such as the trema over the word 'naive.'
Many, if not most people, don't know how to put this accent; indeed, I'm not sure I do!
Maybe the editbot should not be quite that] finicky??? Actual words, fine, but accent marks? Please!
I quite like the fact that it's fixed those. Considering that all I have to do is skim through the Hub and then close it, it's not that big a deal.
In fact, if I open the Hub and find that the only mistakes are in the comments, I don't even bother looking at what it's done. Even if it's corrected one word incorrectly, chances are it has fixed several other typos, so I'm still ahead.
All my hubs had also corrections in the comments section. And two of those comments were my own. I write "up to" in a single word instead of "up to" as two words very often. Regarding the word "naive" how to place that trema pointed out by Dzy? Even I don't know that thing and any other such grammatical features.
It wasn't that the error was in a comment; I'm not sure why those are even bothered with. However, in the body of the hub, if someone has mis-typed "wretch" for "retch" or vise-versa, it should be caught.
It apparently can catch context errors, or it wouldn't be substituting "to" for "and" in sentences such as "I tried to save money and add to my bank." It wants the use of "to" instead of "and."
UPDATE: I just caught another missed correction by the bot; it's not as smart as it thinks it is! the incorrect word was "passed," used where it should have been "past."
If it is set up to correct grammar, should it not catch such errors? I see that sort of thing all the time. (I do proofreading on the side, so those mistakes leap off the page at me). However, we are not able to fix the comments. And, as Marisa pointed out in another thread, (I learned something there), it's Google's fault that the comments are messed with; apparently the G-bot can't tell the difference between comments and article, so poor grammar and spelling are blamed on the author! Pffffft!!
I'm so glad they are running the editbot on the comments now. About a year ago I had deleted a lot of comments that had poor grammar in many of my hubs when it was first announced that they can affect Google ranking. I continued to be deligent with removing useless comments, such as "nice hub", that didn't add any value for the reader. Now at least I don't have to worry so much about misspellings and grammar and I may leave those comments for the editbot.
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