May 25, 2005

The Gentle Art of Correction

Harvey has been putting up occasional posts about the art of blogging in order to help those who want to start a blog but need some help to make it more reader friendly. Or those who read blogs and wonder at the behind the scenes things that don't make sense to them.

Today he is taking on the subject of how to notify a blogger about a needed correction in spelling or grammar. For some people this is a touchy subject and I agree it's far better to err on the side of extreme politeness lest your correction be mistaken for criticism... it might be taken that way anyway - some people look for the worst in everything.

We all make mistakes in spelling and grammar - even the vaunted MSM with all their editors and checkers will have mistakes slip through. It's not something to be ashamed of... unless of course the post is criticizing someone else for a spelling or grammatical error.

But this post did make me think about more comment netiquette.

For instance leaving a comment telling the blogger that they made a mistake and they are stupid or ignorant... yet failing to point out the mistake. This type of thing will certainly make me very angry. I have no problem with people pointing out errors (the scariest people I know are those who claim they never make a mistake!)- I do have a problem with people calling names, saying there's an error, and then NOT saying what the error might possibly be. Obviously, at least it seems to me, if I've blogged something, I am of the opinion that what I'm saying is correct - this means, if you find an error, you need to elucidate it for me... To say there is an error and then not say what it is - makes you look like a troll out to make trouble.

And last of all, people need to remember, if they send a blogger email... it may possibly be blogged and ridiculed, especially if the emailer has an especially hilarious mistake. See SarahK for an extremely funny example she received that other day.

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1 How, politely, does a blogger go about letting another blogger know that their blogging software is crap?

"Itching to know" in Virginia

Posted by: Ponytailed Conservative at May 25, 2005 10:46 AM (rqTv2)

2 By saying "I love your blog and I read you every day. I seem to have a little trouble getting your blog to display properly in my browser, and other people might be having the same problem. I know that if you use [better blogging software] you wouldn't have that problem. Have you ever considered making the switch? I can help you move if you want. Let me know, and keep up the great work"

Posted by: Harvey at May 26, 2005 04:59 AM (tJfh1)

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