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Old 20.03.2017, 10:17
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Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I appreciate that many titles do indeed get corrected or are added to to make the meaning more clear and I am really grateful. But would it be possible for Mods to correct spelling mistakes in Thread titles on principle?

It is irritating for pedants (like me) and bad for folk with imperfect English to see the same errors over and over again as they run their eyes down the lists of New Posts. In time the mind accepts the 'new version' as correct. (Many 'good spellers' notice their own English typos by a sudden reaction of 'wow, that looks odd).

In addition, Typos in titles make looking for information on here an even more hopeless quest than it already is. Searching in the posts may turn up too many irrelevant ones and if the title was wrong too one has to try and remember what was originally written.

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I hate the thought of making more work for the moderators (fingers crossed behind my back) but I bet I'm not the only one who thinks like this.

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Old 20.03.2017, 10:41
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

Spelling Errors in Thread Titties....
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Old 20.03.2017, 10:55
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I do notice them, but tend to leave them.

First off we can all read through a spelling mistake, even if it does make you wince.

Secondly we're not all native English speakers here, and therefore those of us who are should give a bit of leeway to those who aren't.

Thirdly I really cannot imagine the amount of "why did you change my thread title?" PMs that we'd receive if we did actively do this.

Finally if somebody does spot a spelling mistake in their thread title and are unable to, or don't know how to edit it then I'll happily edit it for them if they drop me a PM.
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I am always happy when 3wishes fixes an error in my thread titles. Thank you so much. Longbyt states all the perfect reasons for doing so. Zero objection from my side.

Additionaly, I suggest Longbyt as a thread title moderator.
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Old 20.03.2017, 11:09
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I'm something of a pedant myself, so I do quite often correct such mistakes, but only if I have the time and energy for it, and am using a machine where my own typing is reliable (unlike this one, where this is the second editI've made due to swype/autospell issues) . Not just spelling, but grammar and sometimes just clarity too. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever been messaged about it as a result, as long as a suitable comment is added.

But I'd be reluctant to commit to doing so, and indeed sometimes a spelling mistake can actually tell the reader something about the thread starter, so I don't think it's always appropriate anyway. And some sensitive people can take offence and think you're just being condescending, so if I sense, or know, that about the poster I'll steer well clear as long as the title makes sense as it is.
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Old 20.03.2017, 11:12
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Additionaly, I suggest Longbyt as a thread title moderator.
I've done three stints of moderating on here and each time gave up the job when I no longer had time to do it properly.

I used to dislike correcting titles because, as Slaphead says, one sometimes gets flak for changing things. I appreciate that not everyone on here is a native speaker. OK Fair enough.
However, I still think it is a pity to leave simple, obvious, spelling mistakes. Maybe those of us who see a mistake in a title and are irritated by it - typos in the posts bother me too, but far less! - should report the first post and give the correct spelling of the title?
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

isn't "Spelling errors in thread titles" more correct?
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Old 20.03.2017, 11:57
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

Either that or "Spelling Errors in Thread Titles"
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isn't "Spelling errors in thread titles" more correct?
I would prefer "Titular orthography."
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

Shudder, shudder each time I read : your and you're misused. Unfortunately, this is very often by the people one would hope should know best. But at least we haven't yet seen "yore" in place of one of the two above!
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Old 20.03.2017, 12:19
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

This should win the ironic thread of the week award.
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Old 20.03.2017, 12:30
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

As long as I'm never corrected when I've spelt spelt spelt, I'm happy.
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Old 20.03.2017, 12:34
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I sometimes correct and sometimes not.

If I have to go into a thread to work out WTF it's about, then I'll tend to correct, or if somebody is likely to have the piss taken out of them because they wrote "turd" instead of "turn", but mostly I trained myself over the years to read through errors if they're still understandable.

It's a fair point though, Longbyt. I'll bear it more in mind.
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As long as I'm never corrected when I've spelt spelt spelt, I'm happy.
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I do notice them, but tend to leave them.

First off we can all read through a spelling mistake, even if it does make you wince.

Secondly we're not all native English speakers here, and therefore those of us who are should give a bit of leeway to those who aren't.

Thirdly I really cannot imagine the amount of "why did you change my thread title?" PMs that we'd receive if we did actively do this.

Finally if somebody does spot a spelling mistake in their thread title and are unable to, or don't know how to edit it then I'll happily edit it for them if they drop me a PM.
If it is possible for the OP to do so, why not put a description on how to in the support section?
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agreed, much better than normal flour
Ugh! A well-meaning friend nearly killed me with a loaf of spelt bread.
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If it is possible for the OP to do so, why not put a description on how to in the support section?
Editing a thread title

I've stuck it now, so it's a bit more obvious.
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Ugh! A well-meaning friend nearly killed me with a loaf of spelt bread.
Is that a fate worse than dearth?
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Re: Spelling errors in Thread Titles

I hereby would like to add my sincere apologies for all typos and spelling errors of the past 10yrs and hope for clemency for the future errors, I'll most certainly make

However.... anyone wanting to become my private editor?? I am scared sh*tless now and just came out in green hives and turquoise blotches, because I have to reply to a PM from Longbyt and sort of don't dare to now.
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