How Far Do I Go?

Last Update: Sep 23, 2015

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Welcome to all.

I was reading a comment the other day and something was said about "word nazis". Upon thinking about it, I think that I qualify as one.

It drives me insane to read something and see all the misspelled words, typos, bad grammar, etc. Is this what a "word nazi" is?

Then I started wondering how to review a site for someone else. I don't want to come off as being too picky, but at the same time small mistakes happen and some people would want to know about them. Other people might not be so concerned.

Just how does someone like me critique a website or blog without offending the author? There has to be a fine line there somewhere.

Any advice about this topic will be greatly appreciated and welcome.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to read my wandering thoughts.

Evelyn

The other half of CharlesL

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Nicely stated! And you influenced my Urban Dictionary search for the meaning of 'word nazi'! Though it seems biased in a somewhat negative reference. But woe for them, for many of us it detracts from the writing. Sometimes I wish I could overlook it, but I just CAN'T turn off that part of me which spots it like a dark spec of dust on a white cloth! But in all sincerity, I love to edit.

As noted honesty, positive constructive criticism, etc. are advised. Being a 'good neighbor' here at WA we can critique grammar, punctuation, and such privately. We could possibly recommend a WA blog on the topic. An example: my.wealthyaffiliate.com/sabrinaf/blog/the-importance-of-proofing-spelling-and-grammar.
On a couple of occasions I've responded to posted requests by using private messaging. It was a win-win for both of us and hopefully served as positive reinforcement!

Honesty is the best policy and I would love if someone picked up on my typos. You don't need to point them all out if there are too many. Just say that they should get someone to proof read before they publish. I always ask my husband to read mine as I don't see my mistakes. Also, when giving feedback, I always start on a positive, give the critique and end on a positive. Good luck!! Olive

Thank you for your feedback. I always worry about coming off as being a know-it-all, but really I'm not. We all make mistakes and it is easy to overlook them. Again, I appreciate your views. Thanks.

Unfortunately some people don't like you to point out their mistakes and if this is the case, they should not ask for feedback. What a great way of getting FREE feedback and advice. I would lap it up :) Have a lovely weekend you two. Olive

I'm like you. My take is the author wants to be told what is wrong, and that in includes bad grammar spelling or misuse of words.

oh have not heard of that term before I am grateful to anyone who picks up a mistake on my site I do check often but I still can miss them

I've decided after 3 months it is pretty simple. If you are offering feedback they ask for, don't hold back. There are cases where I can't follow what they're talking about because of the language barrier. If that is the case I often leave it to others that may be from the same region and can explain it better. If on the other hand you're doing a comment, then the comment should be on the strength of the content and it's usefulness.

Charles and Evelyn, this topic is dear to me. My background is English, and I get very frustrated when I see blog content that is grammatically sloppy. I don't judge typos or ignorance (not a demeaning term), but the lack of concern our society has developed about our written language. I see honor students from high schools and college graduates who either cannot or will not learn to write good, coherent sentences. And, so, yes, there needs to be a way to help those who want help. This is a service you can offer for a fee, although few people think it's worth paying for. What I think about this community, however, is that our fellow students want to produce good, clean copy and would appreciate a fair critique. So, it might be something you can do with the individuals who request it and keep it private. A good copy editor, or a second pair of eyes, is quite appreciated by those who value quality in writing and want to present their work in the best possible light.

One point of clarification: I do judge typos that are left indefinitely. When I find them in my published work, I make a point of fixing them. It takes little effort, and if you care, it's worth a couple of minutes of your time.

Your ideas and suggestions are wonderful and in the future I may take you up on your ideas. For now, my hands are full with building our site and helping Chuck. Thank you for you thoughts.

Hi Charles, Here is my take. I am lousy at spelling and at times my grammar is not great either. I was not at the top of my English class. I installed a program called Grammarly that someone on WA posted about and it has helped me immensely. It not only catches the spelling issues it looks at punctuation and grammar. Because it checks as I write I am also learning when I make mistakes and what the correct spelling or use is.

There are people on here from all over the world and English is not their first language. I try and keep that in mind when I am doing reviews.

I would want to know when I have an issue. My viewpoint is that I am in this thing to, at some point, run a successful money making business. Unfortunately if you have a site with so many errors that you cannot understand any of the content or what product they are describing is, the reader is going to move on.

I don't think you have to be perfect, But you need to be able to engage and keep the reader on your pages or posts.

I guess the big thing I look for is if someone does live elsewhere. Then I can be appropriate with my reviews. My experience has been that most people want to know. We all potentially do business all over the world and we need to be able to communicate with each other and be tolerant of each others differences. Some of us (talking about me here) have a lot more that needs to be tolerated than others.

I have read blogs and posts from people all over the world and I am constantly surprised at how well other parts of the world do at communicating in writing when English is not their primary language. Oh great, now you know I have never traveled outside of North America. I know I would not have a chance of communicating in writing in their language. Probably not by voice either.

I hope this helps.

I have never been out of North America either, but Chuck has because of the marines and the army. I have given consideration to the WA members who are not from NA and try to understand where they are coming from. Thank you for your input and comments.

I usually handle situations like you mention by contacting the author by email or PM. I feel bad about correcting people in public but I do want them to have s chance to correct mistakes. Sometimes my message is ignored but, more often, I get a thank you.
Tom

Thank you for your input. I agree about not correcting people in public. I feel that some things are better done in private. Thank you again.

Hi Charles, love your article, if you ever read one of my blogs, you can be as picky as you like, because I also hate bad grammer.
Best wishes,
Trevor.

Thank you for your support. I know there are others out there who feel like I do. It is just so hard to know who they are.

Hi Evelyn
To me, a website that contains spelling errors and grammatical errors is a definite turn-off - I will take it as a sign of a poor site and go elsewhere.
However, many people nowadays (particularly the younger members of society) get upset if you correct them. They don't seem to see it as important.
Personally I point out such errors but always add that any comments made should be taken as constructive help and not criticism.
HTH. Phil

Thank you for your input. I do know what you are saying.

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