If I see an error on someone's hub, should I tell them? Or is that bad HubPages

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  1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years ago

    If I see an error on someone's hub, should I tell them? Or is that bad HubPages etiquette?

    I'm talking about a spelling error or something similar.

  2. sgbrown profile image93
    sgbrownposted 11 years ago

    I would really like to know if there is an error on one of my hubs. I think it would be the right thing to do.  I have recently told someone of an error and they appreciated the "heads up".  There are just a lot of great people on HubPages, I hope no one would be offended, after all, you are just trying to help them. smile

  3. terrektwo profile image81
    terrektwoposted 11 years ago

    I would say it depends on how large the error is. A spelling mistake I wouldn't bother with but if there is something horribly wrong with it they may not have realized you might be doing them a favor. Depends on the situation.

  4. Pollyannalana profile image60
    Pollyannalanaposted 11 years ago

    I would ignore it. Even with friends I have experienced no thank you, although I would love to have someone point out an error of mine, but I do comb my writings to make sure seeing so many errors on others. I sometimes wonder if people read over their work even once and if they don't apparently they don't care, so I decided it is not my business to.

  5. hoteltravel profile image63
    hoteltravelposted 11 years ago

    I have often wondered how to tackle this issue. I think it is ok to bring the errors to their attention if I know them well through hubpages interactions. Otherwise, I prefer to keep mum.

  6. gregas profile image80
    gregasposted 11 years ago

    I have found several but only have mentioned a couple in a very casual way. Even with a little humor like, "Between you and me". I would really appreciate any suggested corrections. I like mine to be the best possible they can and I know I DO make mistakes. As much as I would like to be perfect, I know I am not.

  7. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image81
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 11 years ago

    If you see one on my hubs, then PLEASE  tell me.  I think it's mostly a matter of how well you know someone.

    If you're cool with someone - then what I've done is say, "Hey, you can delete this comment - but I wanted to tell you that ______"

    I've done things like that and been thanked for it, but if I am on a real talking basis with someone, then I'd email them instead of doing that.

    Some folks, however....would definitely take offence, but me....I appreciate the help!

  8. brittanytodd profile image80
    brittanytoddposted 11 years ago

    PLEASE tell me if there is a typo or gramatical error on one of my hubs!  I guess I would prefer if you contacted me via the button on my homepage instead of commenting on the hub, though.

  9. Angela Blair profile image69
    Angela Blairposted 11 years ago

    I'm no expert at grammar, capitalization, etc., etc. but grade school teaches you that "I" is capitalized and using "i" in it's place is not acceptable. I've noticed this on quite a few Hubs and don't know if it's the "in thing" or just laziness. I'm inclined to believe the latter. I once made a suggestion and was told in no uncertain terms that my punctuation and diction was outdated -- so I now stay in my own corner and don't make waves.

  10. Turtlewoman profile image87
    Turtlewomanposted 11 years ago

    I would definitely love it if someone points out an error on my hub! I would rather have a Hubber find my mistake than an outside reader.

  11. rajan jolly profile image92
    rajan jollyposted 11 years ago

    This is a good question. Though I see it happen, I keep quiet about it (unless I know the hubber since sometime) as I do not know in what spirit the hubber is going to take my pointer. As for my hubs, a couple of hubbers did point out some puctuation errors and I thanked them for it as I know it improved my hub quality, after I made the corrections.
    I feel this is no reason to get offended but to appreciate the fact that one is getting an opportunity to raise the quality of one's hubs by having error free hubs. Ofcourse, it should be pointed out in a friendly way.

  12. MartieCoetser profile image69
    MartieCoetserposted 11 years ago

    I would like my readers to draw my attention to errors via email. I always appreciate this. To give advice and critic in the comment sections, makes the giver and the receiver feel a bit uncomfortable. We don't want to step on each other's toes. But nicely via messages we CAN - and as co-writers we SHOULD - lead each other to greater heights.

  13. CZCZCZ profile image90
    CZCZCZposted 11 years ago

    It depends I am one that prefers to know if what I am saying is factually incorrect.  However it is more of a small issue such as a grammar problem or odd way of writing something i would just let it go unless between friends.  However I think the community should provide real comments if there is something that should be addressed with what is being written to not only improve the overall quality of content but to also help others improve.  It doesnt need to be a big deal when someone makes a comment, I had someone correct a name as I referenced an individual in the hub and I misspelled the persons name, no hard feelings, i corrected the error thanked the commenter and moved on and the hub was better for it in the end.

  14. JenJen0703 profile image81
    JenJen0703posted 11 years ago

    I would email the person and let them know of their mistake and where to find it.  It is important that our hubs be free of grammar as much as possible.  Not to mention, informing others can bring you good karma, and maybe that person will notify you of any mistake you will make.

  15. DonnaCosmato profile image86
    DonnaCosmatoposted 11 years ago

    This is a wonderful question and one I struggle with. I do want people to let me know about errors that I make in my writing, but I've been hesitant to approach other people about that issue because you never know when you will unintentionally offend someone. I like Wesman Todd Shaw's suggestion for an approach to this issue. In the past, I've sent a private email, but I think I'll opt for his suggestion from now on.

  16. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image85
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 11 years ago

    I truly hope a fellow (or fellowette) Hubber would let me know if they spot errors in my hubs. I'm a traditionalist in terms of writing and grammar rules, but I absolutely know it's far too easy to miss an editing mistake and flinch if you don't spot it.

    As with others here, I'd probably prefer a personal message, so I can make the edits and send a heartfelt Thank You! to the kind soul who helped me out. Besides, we can then become site-buddies and stay in touch.

    JenJen is right that it's important for our hubs to be as accurate and free of errors as possible. Those who resent the feedback not only harm themselves, they bring down the ratings of the entire site (and this includes the ones who type i rather than I).

    Great question - thanks for putting the topic out for comment!

  17. Bretsuki profile image69
    Bretsukiposted 11 years ago

    Hello, I wouldn't mind a message if their is a spelling mistake. Bear in mind though there are people from many nations on HubPages and English is spelled differently in many of them.

    The classic case of this is the 'U' is present in many British English words but not in American English spellings.

    I think it is important to make factual errors clearer. I have seen many hubs which are written about subjects that I am familiar with and are full of major errors. Then I would also e-mail the author.

  18. skinsman82000 profile image74
    skinsman82000posted 11 years ago

    I'd have to say I would want to know.  I want good quality hubs, and I can't have them with simple spelling/grammatical errors.

  19. Michael J Rapp profile image60
    Michael J Rappposted 11 years ago

    I'd sure like to know if there was an error on one of my Hubs, either grammatical or factual. I would prefer to receive the news by message though rather than in the comments. I do my best to stop myself from looking stupid every day, but a little assistance never hurts!

  20. JKenny profile image89
    JKennyposted 11 years ago

    I think its okay to do it, but only in a polite way, without being rude. I wouldn't mind people pointing out my errors in a polite way. I agree with Bretsuki, that we have to remember that there are people from different nations on here. British Hubbers, for example spell certain words differently like colour and labour differently, and we also have different names for certain things e.g.

    Biscuits= Cookies
    Pushchair= Stroller
    Pavement= Sidewalk

    and so on...

  21. ladeda profile image60
    ladedaposted 11 years ago

    Personally, I would like someone to inform me (kindly) if I made an error in one of my hubs. It's just another form of constructive criticism which I appreciate, and it makes my writing better in the future.

  22. mary-deo profile image61
    mary-deoposted 11 years ago

    IMO, it's okay to correct those mistake you pointed out in a certain hub, as sometimes it can't be seen most especially spelling error. It would not disappoint the hub owner nor make it fell bad instead he/she should be thankful for the correction needed to apply.

  23. profile image0
    Angie497posted 11 years ago

    Generally speaking, if someone spots a typo or such, I'd like to know about it so that I could correct it, although I would hope that (a) they'd send me a message rather than make a public comment and (b) that they would do it politely. What I don't care for much are people that want to 'correct' an opinion or interpretation.

  24. ChaplinSpeaks profile image94
    ChaplinSpeaksposted 11 years ago

    I have corrected someone once, by sending an email and politely pointing it out.  It was just one word, but the Hub was awesome and I thought they would want it to be perfect.  I did not receive a reply, but some people do not want to reveal their email address on Hub Pages.
    If it was a poorly written Hub with a bunch of mistakes, I don't think I would point them all out, well, because I am not their editor!
    For me, yes, I would appreciate a quick email if you see a glaring mistake on one of mine.

  25. Evylyn Rose profile image61
    Evylyn Roseposted 11 years ago

    Those of us who are serious Hubbers come across errors of various magnitudes in others' writing. Do we correct them or not? How do we go about alerting fellow Hubbers to their mistakes? What do we do when our good intentions are met with hostility? read more


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