What do you do when you see a hub with a lot of grammatical errors?
Do you alert the author? If so, how?
I will usually check their profile first to see where they are from. If English is their second language I'm a bit more forgiving.
I'll comment on their hub and start by trying to say something nice about their content and then go on to say that their grammar could use some work. Usually giving suggestions about shortening sentences and reading their work out loud.
I have no problem giving suggestions to others about their writing. I hope they will give me suggestions as well. Nothing written is ever perfect. There is always something that can be changed and improved.
I guess I'm a combination of these two previous answers. Because I care about HubPages reputation since I'm investing myself here I can't do nothing when I come across seriously low quality hubs, not just an occasional misspelling or incorrect verb tense. But I don't feel it's my place to make a judgement call on another writer either, so I'll flag the hub for review, hopefully by someone whose job it is to do that.
Since my sister occasionally emails me with a list of errors I've made, I'll be careful here. Although I do try to catch everything, I don't always. The key word is "try." When I read a hub that is full of careless spelling and grammatical errors, I vote it down. If there are a few, I ignore them because I know everyone can overlook a few things. I have a friend on hub pages who tells me things I've screwed up and I tell her, but that's a different matter. I would not dream of offering criticism to someone I don't even know, not only because it might offend them but also because their work is not my responsibility. My sister is a huge help because she takes my stuff apart when she has time and her criticism is awesome. I'm so bad about placement of prepositions and she nails me on it. Everyone should be so lucky to have a former English teacher read through their work. Anyway, I agree with Arlene, I would do nothing -- except vote it down if it's riddled with errors.
When I see a Hub with a lot of grammatical errors I immediately hit the Edit button and fix my mistakes!
Just kidding. Sort of.
If I see a lot of errors, really bad errors, I'll just flag it. If someone wants to write online they should at least have a fair command of the English language. I'm all for learning and letting people grow, but it doesn't help HubPages (that means any of us) when people post garbage. We all make mistakes, so if it's an error or two by a competent author I have no right to say anything. But if it's really egregious I do feel it deserves a flag. Flagging awful content helps the site and every writer here.
If the hub contains engaging content, I can forgive grammatical errors. But when it is obvious the the writer was just plain lazy in both content and presentation, I move on and look for a different hub on that topic.
When I find a hub with a lot of grammatical errors, I flag it for the moderation team to review. As a site user, the mods want me to point out things that look like poor quality (especially now that Google looks for and ranks down poor grammar) and it's their job to verify if there really is a problem and notify the author.
by cre8ivOne 5 years ago
Do hubs with spelling errors make you think less of a hub?Is anyone else distracted by a hub that has decent content but several spelling errors or grammatical errors?
by Wendy S. Wilmoth 5 years ago
Would you want to be told if your hub had a few grammatical errors?I see a lot of hubs that are basically good, but their quality is marred by an unsightly grammatical error or two. I am tempted to comment with a suggestion for fixing it. If your hub had such an error, would you want to know?
by Don Bobbitt 6 years ago
Why am I seeing SO MANY Hubs with obvious GRAMMATICAL ERRORS in the TITLE?I mean, People? The Title is your HOOK!
by Imogen French 6 years ago
Are you bothered by spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in hubs?How much does it bother you when you notice bad spelling and use of language when reading a hub - do you vote hubs down for it, or do you think interesting topics and content are more important? Would you point it out to the...
by giocatore 5 years ago
Should HubPages post a hub on Facebook if it has grammatical errors in the summary?I just saw such a hub on Facebook. I think this reflects poorly on our community and rewards substandard work.
by Dr. John Anderson 3 years ago
Running spelling and grammar tools, and plagiarism checks, on the three Hubpro examples in the recent blog [ http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/03/23/hub … -makeover] highlighted errors in all of them. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/129533#post2719123Similarly the latest Editors Choice...
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