Is it considered rude to correct a fellow hubber's grammar or spelling?
This has just been a question that has been rolling around in my mind. I see spelling and grammatical errors occasionally. Personally, I would like someone to point out my mistakes so that I can fix them and possibly learn from them. Does everyone feel the same way or will people get upset? The reason I ask is because I have a friend that gets upset when I try to correct him. Of course I'm not doing it to be mean or spiteful. I just feel as if correcting the little errors will help make the entire article better. Opinions?
Yes it could be helpful if done with care and respect in private. I know that there are many people who do not speak English as their first language. It is a pleasure to be able to welcome these writers too. So, my advice is be very careful. Try to imagine yourself writing an article in French or Russian first.
I would not be upset, I would be grateful, but some writers get upset. If you do so tactfully, such as "I really enjoyed reading your excellent article. You might want to change -------", whatever the error is,
I personally would welcome it as long as it was respectful. It is so easy to miss something when you are typing up hubs, especially grammar which modern Word Processors still get wrong. Although I take great care when proofing my hubs, mistakes still creep in and I would not be upset if someone kindly pointed that out, especially if they phrased it similarly to what Mercia advised.
I can appreciate however that some people might find it rude or insulting as some people do not take any criticism well, but at the end of the day you will have done a good thing for the Hubber and the standard of HubPages and they will still have an error on their page....
I appreciate when someone points it out to me. Especially when I initially publish the hub. I want to correct it as fast as possible!
Heck no. You're more than welcome to read all my articles and tell me where the mistakes are
I want to know - but I want to be contacted privately, not in a public forum. Grammar, spelling, typos-yes. But not style.
If the corrections are typos, grammar and spelling, alerting the Hub writer via e-mail is a good way to be helpful and to make a friend. I make lots of errors because I type to fast and when I proofread, I know what I had already written and do not stop to think that I may have failed to write what I intended. This kind of suggestion should be handled via e-mail through the profile page.
If you do not agree with conclusions, observations, etc, then that is an appropriate time to leave a comment, but please do it in a professional manner.
I will welcome anyone who points out the errors crept in my hubs and will be thankful to him. I never consider it to rude to correct a fellow hubber's grammar or spelling mistakes. In fact it is a welcome gesture as it only helps us. Even today I have sent a mail to a fellow hubher pointing out certain mistakes in her newly published hub. Unfortunately I haven't heard from her yet. May be she respond soon. It is sorry to note that someone is against this practice as they don't like criticism. But if we stand to welcome helpful criticism, it will benefit us a lot of ways and we can improve well. You are most welcome to examine my hubs and point out me the problems you found there. After all HP is a community standing for love, cooperation and mutual understanding. Let's help each other and reap benefit. Carry on your service confidently.
I wouldn't find it rude if it happened to me. But some people don't like acknowledging that they are wrong so they get mad.
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