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Is the lack of spellcheck on Fluther deliberate?

Asked by augustlan (47745points) August 7th, 2008

Did our founding fathers leave it out on purpose, as a way to seperate the wheat from the chaff? “Check your work” and ”crafting a response” seem like clues that words are important here. Or was there some boring technical reason for the omission?

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shilolo's avatar

Most browsers have built in spellcheckers. At least Firefox and Safari do, so no need for a built in one.

richardhenry's avatar

It’s a lot of work for something that modern browsers like Firefox, Camino and Safari support.

Randy's avatar

As does the iPhone. It just takes some getting used to.

gailcalled's avatar

Safari has spellcheck; so it is easy to *separate the wheat from the chaff.

gailcalled's avatar

@Randy; it certainly does :-)

Randy's avatar

Haha, I had to edit twice. Jeeze louise…

EnzoX24's avatar

The problem is that some people completely disregard spell checkers, even when they’re right in front of them. And there is still no such thing a punctuation checker.

gailcalled's avatar

Oops; Enzo. Read twice, send once.

augustlan's avatar

@Gail…I knew I’d get something wrong! I think we should declare you our official spellchecker :)

gailcalled's avatar

@Aug: Thanks but no thanks. I already have a full-time life. Another 3-day brush fire to extinguish re my old mother; and Milo, bless him, had the runs this AM. At least he was thoughtful to choose the garage floor.

augustlan's avatar

Clearly I am not using a modern browser…must get a desk sized dictionary. The one I own is Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, and it weighs about 10 pounds. It’s my favorite book, but I only pull it out on special occasions such as proving a word I’m using is too a real word!

augustlan's avatar

@gail: I hope Milo and your mother both improve :)

gailcalled's avatar

Aug: Milo will once I stop letting him lick my almost empty ice cream bowl, and my poor mother, at 93+, with no short-term memory, has nowhere to go but down, sadly.

gailcalled's avatar

Aug: I, too, have the Webster’s Giant size. I keep a Collegiate Dictionary at hand and also use some net sites and a MacOS Dashboard Dictionary/Thesaurus widget.

augustlan's avatar

Gail: The first night I was ever in my husband’s house while we were dating, I fell in love with him. In telling my best friend all about the evening, my biggest compliment was, “He has a big dictionary, too! Not as big as mine, but still!” I’m sorry to hear about your mother. My great grandmother went through the mental decline as well, and I know it’s very difficult for the rest of the family.

gailcalled's avatar

Aug: That’s a nice story about your husband. Does he know?

mirza's avatar

Also some people intentionally mispeL wordZ just to annoy the grammar nazis

augustlan's avatar

Gail: He does. I was first attracted to him when I heard him tell our office dog that he smelled like carrion, then, for the benefit of other people in the office, said to the dog, “That’s dead shit to you.” A man who speaks like an aristocrat, and swears like a sailor…very interesting.

augustlan's avatar

@miz: That’s not nice :(

gailcalled's avatar

Spelling, grammar and usage are three different things and exist primarily to provide clarity. (And I re-repeat, I never get annoyed, personally.)

augustlan's avatar

I’m interested in hearing from Ben or Andrew on this question, or someone who really knows why it’s not in use on the site itself…any takers?

Bri_L's avatar

I can personally vouch for gail’s good will in the area of patience and spelling!

andrew's avatar

Having built a spell checker into another product, it’s a non-trivial amount of time.

Since many browsers have it built in (including the ones we use), we’ve chosen to focus on other aspects of the site.

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for the answer, Andrew :)

deaddolly's avatar

For me, when I get excited about a topic, I type faster and have more misspellings. I laugh at the ppl on here who are so quick to point out others spelling errors. I could care less, as long as I get the message. I’ve never been a perfectionist.

I came to this site to discuss things, not to have ppl point out my mispppelled words. lol

I love to drive ppl crazy :)

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