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Wouldn't this be a nice Fluther feature?

Asked by josie (30926points) June 21st, 2010

My keyboard (typing) skills suck. I simply have never been able to type at the same rate that I think. I make lots of errors. I do my best to proof read my answers, but I get impatient with proofing, and occasionally I miss a typo or strange syntax or something that makes my answer look disorganized or poorly composed. Too often, I discover this too late to edit. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to appeal to the Fluther moderators to do some correction after the edit deadline? Nothing big mind you, just obvious mechanical problems that keyboard morons like me are prone to make.

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CMaz's avatar

I run everything through spell check before I hit answer.

HGl3ee's avatar

I hear you, I hate when I look back at a previous post of mine to see a goofy typo or awkward string of words. I think that if we we’re able to ask a mod to allow us to edit a post that is no longer “editable” they would likely wind up being flooded with these tickets, likely taking away from their position of moderator.

However, that’s just my 2 cents worth ^.^

Fred931's avatar

The mods are very busy not doing anything other than occasionally modding responses and questions. I don’t think they’d appreciate the break in routine.

ucme's avatar

What? That would leave the grammar Nazi’s redundant, yay!!

TooBlue's avatar

Why not just live with the old typo or two? No one will think any less of you, and if they do, they need to have their ego battered down a couple notches. ;)

erichw1504's avatar

Firefox has a built in spell checker within text fields.

Fred931's avatar

@erichw1504 So does Google Chrome, except Google Chrome is better than Firefox. :P

josie's avatar

@TooBlue That’s a good point but I wasn’t thinking so much of what other people thought of my answers as much as my own sense of pride of ownership. Sort of like seeing a picture of yourself and wondering why you didn’t shave that day or wear a different shirt.

erichw1504's avatar

@Fred931 Possibly, but wait until Firefox 4.0 comes out.

augustlan's avatar

I second using a browser with spell check in text boxes. Firefox really helps me with that. That’s not to say it catches everything… I still cringe when I see I spelled a word correctly, but it wasn’t the write word! ;-)

For the record, if something is just bothering you to the point of insanity… flag it for us. We’ll be happy to send it back to you for editing (or in the case of an answer, remove it altogether and let you answer again, correctly).

Berserker's avatar

I understand the frustration that comes with typos, going too fast and all, but if I were a moderator, I don’t think I’d really enjoy the idea of having to correct people’s work.

Jeruba's avatar

This suggestion was discussed here just a month ago. I would give the same answer I gave here. In short, no.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I don’t know of any software that does grammar-check yet.

gailcalled's avatar

@josie; Write your question or answer; get up, get a glass of water or go to the toilet. Return, reread and proof. Often mistakes are made when people rush.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Not really. Jellies already have 10 minutes to edit answers after they’ve submitted them and that is reasonable. It shouldn’t be an additional responsibility for moderators to be proofreading and correcting other member’s material.

Buttonstc's avatar

Having the mods do that would just add needlessly overwhelm their workload.

But I’ve participated on other sites with much longer editing times (some indefinitely). The operative theory being that it is the poster’s own writings which he should be free to do with as they choose.

If someone was being a jerk about it, there were plenty of other people to hold their feet to the fire about it.

But I don’t think they’re willing to go that far here at Fluther.

jrpowell's avatar

I wouldn’t mind a three minute window to edit without appending your answer. Anything longer than that would have “Last edited by johnpowell at 6:24PM on June, 22, 2010” at the bottom. And keep the editing open forever, just let us know it was edited after three minutes.

zenele's avatar

Read up: @augustlan said it all.

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