A have a small red # 1 by several of my niche site titles on my account page. What do these mean?
It means the editbot has been at work making changes.Just click on it.
Thank you, I was wondering what they were, will check them out. Hope you are having a nice weekend.
Editbot . . .Uggghhhh!
Thanks. Hope you had a happy new year and 2017 is perfect for you in every way. Cheers!
Thanks. I've tried clicking though and can't get it to do anything.
That's because it doesn't do anything.
When you click the red pencil, you will get taken to a view of the Hub that shows you the corrections made. You can't do anything on that screen except look!
If the editbot has made changes to your Hub that you don't like, the only way to fix that is to Edit your Hub. It looks as though you can't undo any changes made to the comments, though.
I can see why people would be confused because previously you could accept or reject changes on that page. They seem to have deliberately decided to make it much harder to reject changes.
I think it's actually an exclamation point.
I agree, or perhaps a very tiny red pencil...since the edit symbol itself is a pencil, that makes a pencil within a pencil...rather like the Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls!
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!
Totally agree with Editbot being too finicky. I got one in the comment section for "naïve," too.
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.
True, Marisa. Mine were virtually all comment edits, so we could just open and close the tool, which would be a lot less time consuming.
I never even bothered opening the tool with the old one!
With the new one, if I open the Hub and find the only corrections are in the comments, I don't even look at them, I just close it.
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!!
Yes, it's corrected a few of my titles and subtitles changing the meaning in the name of brevity.
The editbot changed "1000s" to "thousands" in one of my comments - which seems a bit over the top to me? But I suppose if it makes the editbot happy...
The naive thing is very odd though - naive is correct English.
The numbers above 10 should be spelled out in letters and not in numerical digits. So, it is quite okay.
But, the naive thing is very odd indeed.
Uh-oh--the editbot works on Sundays!
I just got finished going through about a dozen hubs with that red pencil mark, and all of them were dated today, 1/8/17!!
I'm not sure staff works the weekends, so this would seem to prove that the bot is allowed to run about unsupervised!
I also got one more hub edited on 1/8/17. So, editbot works on all days.
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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