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Alfador

Correcting a mistake is not a personal attack!

(Warning: rant)

I've noticed this in quite a few people, who because they are friends I shall not name. When I correct their grammar, or spelling, or factual errors they've made, they act as if I just called them a moron.

I'm sorry, but it's not a personal insult to correct a mistake! EVERYBODY makes errors in spelling, grammar, and factchecking. I make such mistakes CONSTANTLY, and do my best to catch them in myself and others before they cause problems.

If mistakes go uncorrected, misinformation spreads. Why is it that correcting someone's facts--information they may be relaying from another source, speaking nothing to their intelligence--is seen as public humiliation?!

And then, of course, when I try to apologize for having the temerity to publicly contradict them, they take me to task for apologizing too much.

If you think I'm talking about you in this journal, please take note: This isn't an attack on you, either!! >.<

Sorry. Rant over.
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Added: 7 years, 9 months ago
 
Tibbis
7 years, 9 months ago
you can correct all you want i don't care i love every bit of it and it also makes my happy that there is some one out there that is willing to take there time and help me out.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Thank you! Just to show what I mean, here's a proofreading of your comment. ;)

" Tibbis wrote:
you can correct all you want i don't care i love every bit of it and it also makes my happy that there is some one out there that is willing to take there time and help me out.

"You can correct all you want; I don't care. I love every bit of it and it also makes me happy that there is someone out there that is willing to take their time and help me out."
Tibbis
7 years, 9 months ago
thanks i did not notice that I miss that. i've been up for three days now writing little story's and i tend to forget the little stuff like that thankyou so much for that i try vary hard not to forget any thing when iam writing but it does slip some times. like i said before i love  bit of it and i am vary happy  thank you so much
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
You're welcome! Might help if you keep in mind a few key rules and give each post a once-over before hitting "Add Reply". For example: check capitalization, check punctuation, check spelling, check spacing.

Hope it helps!! *hug*
Tibbis
7 years, 9 months ago
Thanks for the hug I needed that.*hugs back*
Kupok
7 years, 9 months ago
FOX CLOACA
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Foxes do not have cloacae; our genitals and anus are separate. ;)
Kupok
7 years, 9 months ago
not TODAY they don't, Snuffie boy~ >:3
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
XD
vanyelstargazer
7 years, 9 months ago
I promise that I will be grateful, and won't cause drama, if you notify me of a mistake I've made with respect to spelling or grammar (especially because English is not my native language).

This being said, I think, however, that correcting spelling and grammar is best done in private, because it tends to distract from a discussion. (I suspect that you already do this in private, but you do not say so explicitly.) Correcting facts is a different matter, because they might actually be relevant to the discussion at hand.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
a) Thank you.

b) You're right, 99% of the time I either correct spelling/grammar in private, or just ignore it on the grounds that it DOES just detract from the discussion at hand and it likely won't change an individual's typing habits online anyway.

c) It's mostly factual errors I'm speaking to. Where it's come to a head, especially, is when playing World of Warcraft, and certain aspects of gameplay are being discussed, I try to make sure any information I know about is clear and correct, even when it contradicts what someone else says, because I don't want people running off and making mistakes on faulty information.
vanyelstargazer
7 years, 9 months ago
Then we agree completely. :-)
thelapisfox
7 years, 9 months ago
" Alfador wrote:
when playing World of Warcraft


Ooooh! What server? Just got my Worgen up to 15 in a couple of hours and I'm exhausted. Let me know if you play on Bloodhoof. Heck, I'll PM you my Real ID.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Feathermoon. I'm done for the night (FedEx isn't going to deliver our boxes till tomorr...later today, so I haven't gotten in the new Cataclysm stuff yet) but I'll add ya when I get up.

If I don't (I already read the PM so it's marked as read, so I might forget), remind me whenever you like! *hug*
ArielCelestia
7 years, 9 months ago
Spellcheckeer ball of doom! Nah, it's very nice to have someone spellcheck what you write. Besides a cold Word maschine. ANd when anyone helps me out with spellchecking, I feel very squeeeee. So you can spellcheck me any time Alfie!
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Hooray!
ArielCelestia
7 years, 9 months ago
Actually I has a story in the works you could peek at, when you have the tie (and time).
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Sounds great!
skunktronix
7 years, 9 months ago
I've experienced this too! Thanks to my dad, I am rather bothered by spelling/grammar errors, especially coming from people who are supposedly educated. People in my age range (20s and 30s) are still making awful mistakes in grammar, and these are people who have gone to school like I did, and sometimes college too.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
It boggles my mind, and has for quite some time. @_@ I was perplexed in elementary school when kids in the fourth grade or so were still misspelling words like "the". Is it any wonder teh same is true nao? ;)
CuddyFox
7 years, 9 months ago
I am not worry about any type correcting you do on me. I will gladly think of a friend helping me.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Yay! *hug*
AlexReynard
7 years, 9 months ago
I really wish I knew what part of the human brain turns 'being wrong' into 'shame'; and then reacts either by denying they're wrong, getting angry at whoever pointed it out, or deciding that it's better to never say anything than be wrong. We have the absolute wrong attitude for learning and personal betterment.

Alfie, I'll always value you for being unafraid to correct me. My stories are several orders of magnitude better for your editing skillz.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Thank you. *hugs*
Norithics
7 years, 9 months ago
I hate being wrong- it gives me a twtch. But like all self-improving people, I've learned not to take it personally.
Alfador
7 years, 9 months ago
Same here--I welcome corrections to my own speech/text/actions, but I hate being wrong to the point where I have a tendency to overexplain myself, just to make sure people aren't misinterpreting my words. My mom described, and still describes, this tendency by admonishing me "Tell me what time it is, not how to build the watch!"
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