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Paradigm shifting the edit window

We're kicking off a trial partnership with tech startup Spell, Actualy to reduce the moderation load of edit-window-related site activity. Help us test out the new process inside! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 1, 2016 - 521 comments

Terrible Typos

I have seen people get really anxious about having typos in their comments. To the point that, if they miss the edit window, they'll follow up with a post pointing out their own mistakes. How harsh is the metafilter crowd really? Will people get judgey about a post / disregard the content if there are one or two mistakes in it?
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 29, 2014 - 117 comments

Grammar InSpecter

How about a spelling/grammar reason to flag FPPs? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 14, 2012 - 62 comments

It's Sea S-H-E-P-H-E-R-D

IANA copyeditor, but IAY anal retentive freak. [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Feb 15, 2012 - 148 comments

self-corrected spelling??

is there a protocol for correcting one's own spelling mistakes in a comment in the subsequent post?
posted by parmanparman on Dec 4, 2010 - 53 comments

possessive pronouns

His, hers, and its. All possessive, none of them take apostrophes. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 12, 2009 - 308 comments

I put a spell on you

Isn't it mildly (or greatly) annoying when a commenter makes a second comment in order to correct some small spelling error? How about we refrain from joining joke pile-ons focused on those errors? Sometimes they're funny, for a limited time. Often, they start as or quickly become noise. I think they are a reason for people's nervously jumping back in to add the missing f onto that 'of,' which act is itself noise. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson on Dec 7, 2008 - 134 comments

AskMe orthography

Copied from a comment on AskMe: "TEH PORNZ IS SEEKRIT." Why didn't the commenter say "The porn is secret." Is this thought to be a funny way to write? (OK, make fun of me now.)
posted by JimN2TAW on Sep 19, 2008 - 107 comments

It's "great" !

Anyone want to start a grammar nazi site? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down on May 22, 2008 - 128 comments

Spelling and grammar guideline?

Proposed guideline: Posts are required to be reasonably literate. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Nov 8, 2007 - 229 comments

This AskMe is Meta, Ergo...

If anything belongs in metatalk, a post flaming Metafilter users' spelling and grammar sure does. How much more "about Metafilter" can you get than "I am baffled as to why this is so frequent on a site such as AskMeFi"?
posted by mendel on Oct 24, 2006 - 80 comments

Please fix my post spelling

Please help me, Matt or Jess. I don't want to add any further insult to the atheist community, yet I misspelled their name 3 times in this fpp. Yes, I'm an ass.
posted by maryh on Mar 22, 2006 - 4 comments

"Unclaimed Property Clearninghouse."

The sidebar on the mefi front page says "Unclaimed Property Clearninghouse." Is this a bug or a feature?
posted by Slap Incognito on Jan 20, 2006 - 3 comments

Minor 'typing' errors

oops, 'Piccadilly' - is it really necessary for everyone to correct extremely minor 'typing' errors with a follow up comment?
posted by Frasermoo on Sep 22, 2005 - 46 comments

A call to end self spelling corrections

A call to end self spelling corrections. Very gently now....as much as your speling errar stends out to you...few of us even notice and even fewer care. (Even the good spellers among us.)

Do we really need an additional post to point out self spelling errors? Appreciate the courtesy and all...but really.
posted by telstar on Jun 28, 2005 - 106 comments

Please fix my spelling mistake

Hey Matt: I have egg on my face. Would it be possible for you to fix my stupid spelling mistake? Or just delete the thread. I'm really sorry.
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Apr 12, 2005 - 10 comments

Fix a spelling mistake, please?

Mathowie et al, can we get "Chacno" changed to "Chaco" in this FPP?
posted by rkent on Feb 17, 2005 - 2 comments

Tag mispelling

okay, so I for some reason I keep mispelling veganism. I really don't care about the one in the post, but can the tag be changed?
posted by brevator on Feb 13, 2005 - 12 comments

Lots of spelling errors in this post

Can you count the number of spelling errors in this post? I see five in the first sentence! Can we put a little effort into our posts?
posted by knave on Feb 11, 2005 - 51 comments

Bad Grammar

Just let me know when your in town

Because your playing in the playground of the internets

Dude your going WAY out of your way to insult me personally

So I think your going over the top here

Jonmc your joking, right?

only you can prevent "your" abuse. for fuck's sake, please. [mo' inside]
posted by Hat Maui on Jan 26, 2005 - 81 comments

MeFi Spelling Standards

How do pidgeons mediate when they're on the loose?
posted by cbrody on Jan 5, 2004 - 44 comments

FPP about a deleted FPP

QuestionableSwami, meet QuestionablePost.
posted by The Michael The on Nov 2, 2003 - 30 comments

MeFi: 1, 2, 3 years ago.

MeFi: 1, 2, 3 years ago.
Being a big fan O' the side blog I noticed that 4 years ago now works as well... Also, Mefi & Blog are both not in the spell check.
Is it better to post little things like this here? AIM? Email? What's the preferred method of submitting little bugs?
posted by Blake on Sep 8, 2003 - 12 comments

any similar paper/screen elevatory quirks as they write?

I have a theory about my own laspes in grammar: whenever I'm applying text to paper, I can easily iron out my flubs with a high degree of accuracy. But once I begin typing onscreen or with a typewriter, my proofreader's eye is more prone to falter.

I suspect this is due to the differences between horizontal and vertical perception; while focusing upon the words as they are produced, it seems that anything beyond a 45 degree angle triggers off an odd left/right hemispherical conflict. But it would be just my luck to have an "shielded" LCD screen for my web work.

Has anyone else notices any similar paper/screen elevatory quirks as they write?
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 2, 2002 - 18 comments

Spell check

Misspelt words: please, either use Spell Check before posting or slink away silently if you make a boo-boo. Don't post a comment with the corrected spelling and your apology for it. (Do write the word three times to learn how to spell it!)
posted by Carol Anne on Nov 27, 2001 - 65 comments

Spelling error triggers flamewar

nasty flaming over spelling, for goodness sake.

[3 snappy comeback]

what is it about spelling that gets people so riled up?

posted by epersonae on Oct 17, 2001 - 44 comments

Would it be possible to make every post compulsively go through Spell Check first?

Would it be possible to make every post compulsively go through Spell Check first? It's very distracting but, worse of all, it diminishes the poster, who is unfairly judged on pedantic, orthographic criteria.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 14, 2001 - 47 comments


Misspellings. Not just on metafilter, but throughout the net, I've seen the words "Taliban," "Taleban," and "Talebin" used to describe the majority rulers of Afghanistan. I've also seen "Bin Laden," "Bin Ladin," and "Ben Laden," as well as both "Osama" and "Usama" to describe the alleged terrorist mastermind. Have you noticed any others? Which is the right spellings for either, by the way?
posted by moz on Sep 18, 2001 - 9 comments

v-i-c-e-n-t-e fox

Not directed at anyone particular, but I don't know where else to put it: It's Vicente Fox, people, not Vincente. Please tell all your television and radio buddies.
posted by Mo Nickels on Sep 8, 2001 - 0 comments

Let people fix their typos!

Let people fix their typos! The recent thread about "gohper" hit all my buttons, in a non-happy way.

I mean, maybe it's not a good idea to let the author re-edit the entry, but let *someone* fix massive misspellings, please! I work as a technical editor for a living, I'd volunteer to do this occasionally just to clean up the place. (obviously, with explicit records of every single change made - I wouldn't mess with the message, I'd just clean up the mess, and I'd be happy to let people see exactly what was changed).
posted by beth on Nov 23, 2000 - 2 comments

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