On occasion I receive comments with typos. On occasion I upload posts/articles with typos. It happens. When I catch a typo in my work or someone else’s work I either correct it or notify the author of the typo. I’d rather someone correct me than allow my work to stay forever incorrect on the internet.
There are some comments that I receive with the occasional typo or misspelling that, if I catch it, I’ll correct it. Some folks notice their errors right after posting the comment and they contact me asking me to make the correction. No problem there. However, there are times when I receive long comments that are laden with typos, misspellings and word usage errors.
The biggest issue with such comments is that they usually occur when the writer is slamming an editor or website. The post typically explains how the writer is being treated unfairly by picky incompetent editors or, the site for which they were writing is really a scam. Most often, these posts involve Demand Studios (no surprise there).
To Publish or Delete or Contact the Commenter
When I’m faced with such comments, I have to make a quick decision. Do I publish it, delete it or send it back to the commenter to have the writer take a second look at the post and modify it? I’m beginning to get a feel for what some of the Demand Studio CEs have to deal with.
- Edit & Publish: What I have that the CEs don’t have (or I don’t think they have), is that I can look in my comments database to see if the comments come from folks who have commented on NJFM before. If they have, I can see how they contributed to the community in the past. If their comments have been generally helpful and grammatically correct, I make the corrections and approve the comment. Everyone is entitled to a few bad days.
- Delete: If the comment is from a brand new reader and it is laden with errors and my gut doesn’t like the general feel for the comment, then it’s a no brainer. It gets the flush.
- Contact: Every once in a while I contact the commenter. If I believe the comment is worth while, but the errors are too many for me to properly correct, I email the comment back to the writer explaining the reason why I’m sending it back. At that point it is out of my hands.
Why Bother Correcting Comments?
I guess if the misspellings and errors occurred on any of my other blogs, I wouldn’t mind so much. But, since this is a blog on freelance writing, I think I owe it to the commenter to correct obvious mistakes.
I learn a lot from my readers. You guys have helped me to realize that I have a comma and apostrophe problem. No, no one came out and said, “Felicia, you’re getting a little happy with those apostrophes and commas.” But, I was able to realize it by reading your comments, visiting your blogs and looking at resources some of you guys provided (I still have an apostrophe and comma problem, but its getting better).
Comments on this blog are just as important, if not more important than my posts. Two years from now when someone links to your comment as a resource, you’ll be glad that the errors were removed.