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What to do if one spots a typo in someone's work?

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 7 years ago

    Somehow,no matter how hard one tries, two days after publishing something, we see typos in our work.  Then, again, sometimes we never do, and we spot them in the work of others.

    When I was reading through some hubs, I couldn't find a way of contacting the writer to tell him/her so that s/he could fix it up. I didn't want to post publicly.

    Is there a way of contacting people privately on hub pages?

    Thank you, and have a nice Monday. smile

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    Most hubbers can be contacted through HubPages, in which case there is a contact link on their profile page. Just click on the Avatar or user name, and it is placed right beneath that.

    Others, maybe your best option would be to leave a comment on the hub, say you found some issues, and they are welcome to contact you through HubPages.

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good idea. Also, I find that any word in all caps and incorrectly spelled slips by the spell checker every time.

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. smile I see it now. smile

  3. Urbane Chaos profile image98
    Urbane Chaosposted 7 years ago

    Sometimes writers do this on purpose, as well.  I have two hubs that are constantly getting copied and posted on other sites. So, the solution? I used an age old trick (even mapmakers do it) and deliberately misspell one key word.  Instead of hunting down the entire article, I just type that word into Google and see what pops up.  It has helped me to catch those bast... hub stealing wannabe's.

  4. Lisa HW profile image71
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    Personally, I like the idea of a simple note in the comment section.  I don't know...   There's something about getting even a well intentioned e.mail about a spelling error that irks me.  It somehow makes it seem as if the reader is more worried about my spelling/typos than I am, and if s/he thinks I ought to be more worried about it too.  I guess it's because if I see them in someone else's stuff I just go by them and assume the person will catch them eventually (or else won't, in which case - not such a big deal if it's a minor thing here or there).  It just irks me to think someone spent the time to send an e.mail.  Also, it kind of irks me to open an e.mail and see it's about a typo somewhere in all the thousands and thousands of words I have online.    hmm  (Maybe it's just me.... )

    Somehow, putting a quick note in the comments section would be the kind of thing I'd appreciate more.  (I've had someone do that a time or two, and I do appreciate.  I don't mind that it's public at all.)

  5. katiem2 profile image60
    katiem2posted 7 years ago

    I like the note in the comment section, one seperate from your comment intended to be left yet an additional one that can be deleted, as it's for the writers eyes only. 

    Please feel free to let me know of any typos and errors, it see,s I have a blind spot to something and always appreciate the correction notices!

    Good Post! smile

    1. Lisa HW profile image71
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Same here (on the "feel free" thing  when it comes to the comment box).   Then again, an e.mail about a typo or spelling problem that makes a difference in meaning of the material - always truly appreciated.  The ones that irk me are things like, "In paragraph 10, two-tenths of way into the 9th line, you typed, "hte" instead of "the", but otherwise I thought your article was well written."  Those e.mails about typos or spelling always include the obligatory "positive feedback" because people so often think others can't handle criticism without it being cushioned in "positive feedback too".  Maybe that's one of the things about e.mails notifications that irk me most.

      Something else, too, is how important a word was involved.  Was it "the" or was it "melanoma".  (Someone who has written on medical information looks like a big, careless, idiot who has not right to be writing on something like medical information if medical terms are typed incorrectly.  If it's the old, "receipt/reciept" thing - let it go.  Everyone knows how that works.   lol  And if it's the particularly old, "teh/the" thing, really let it go.   smile

  6. Dolores Monet profile image99
    Dolores Monetposted 7 years ago

    So often, I read over an older hub and find typos. I would love someone to tell me because I hate to be researching something and see misspellings and typos; it makes the content seem unreliable.