What's up with the Edit Bots and can I disable them?

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  1. Mel Carriere profile image88
    Mel Carriereposted 8 years ago

    What's up with the Edit Bots and can I disable them?

    I really dislike the edit bots.  They are making corrections mostly to my comments section, and I think it is making my hubs sterile, lifeless, and without color.  Also, what if I am trying to employ slang or write in vernacular English for effect, and the edit bot corrects this into some dull and boring dronespeak.  There - you see dronespeak is not a word, and I'll bet the bot will edit it out.  Does anybody like this?

  2. profile image0
    Old Poolmanposted 8 years ago

    Mel - my cellphone does the same thing when I type in a text message.  If I don't proof read the message before I hit the send button I can send out some pretty stupid stuff.  I assume there is a way to turn this off but I can't find it.

    But then this could be something the PC police are encouraging us to use so we avoid using those words they want removed from the dictionary.  The latest word they want us to stop using is "He".  I'm afraid many of us here on hub pages are too old to learn a whole new language without bots correcting our improper word usage.

    1. Mel Carriere profile image88
      Mel Carriereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Mike. I don't like machines changing my words or the words of others.  It seems sinister.

  3. Kathy Stutzman profile image84
    Kathy Stutzmanposted 8 years ago

    Mel, I have mixed feelings about the "Bots" showing up on my account listing (I don't like the actual robot figure.) When I began looking at the corrections, I was relieved that typos were fixed (Teh was changed correctly to the).

    However the two complaints I have are similar to yours; I make up words and use them in context that gives them life. I do not want my new words to be "bot-corrected" . And, likewise, the "Bot" is spending time in the comments section which I really do not like - those are someone else's words, misspellings and made up words. A passionate person's misspellings give a new level of meaning to the words.

    I have also noticed that the scores of my articles have not changed as a result of this improvement...if it came with a benefit, I might be a little more comfortable with the typo fixes, but I really don't like taking responsibility for correcting other people's words, nor changing my new words.


  4. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 8 years ago

    I was hoping someone could tell me how to turn it off too, almost 70% of my hubs had that robots

  5. Jennifer Mugrage profile image71
    Jennifer Mugrageposted 8 years ago

    I have yet to encounter these mysterious bots and I hope I never do.

    I agree that some of the writers I most enjoy will use words in unusual ways and play with words and grammar for effect.  Please, bots, let them!!!

    Also, it's just too delicious when someone goes on a rant in a comment and there are typos.  Totally embarrassing when that someone is us, of course, but that should just teach us to proofread our comments, right?

  6. JayeWisdom profile image89
    JayeWisdomposted 8 years ago

    Mel - I dislike the EditBot feature, too--especially in the comments section. When a reader spontaneously responds to one of my hubs, I don't believe that person's comment should be edited for grammar. I've never seen that done anywhere before. Maybe the FB editors don't have enough to do or just want to practice editing! Still, that's not a good excuse for editing comments.

    Some edits take the life out of writing and make it sterile. FB Admin. doesn't seem to know that authors generally have a choice (even in traditional publishing) of accepting or rejecting specific edits. Every writer has a unique "voice" and has the right to maintain it. I've read collections of letters by one of the greatest editors ever, William Maxwell (forty years with The New Yorker), and he routinely sent suggested edits to authors and always gave them the final choice, a practice the publisher allowed. Why does FB get to act as though its editorial team is omnipotent?

    If anyone discovers how to "turn off" or otherwise get rid of the dreadful EditBot, please let me know!

  7. Monika Weise profile image71
    Monika Weiseposted 8 years ago

    I dislike the fact that HubPages feels free to change our work without our knowledge. I would welcome suggested corrections, but leave my hub alone until I have a chance to review the suggestions.


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