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Jul 28, 2006 07:11 PM

spelling counts -- more than ever!

I've always wondered why people seem to think that spelling doesn't matter on the internet, since the effectiveness of a search engine is determined by how consistently correctly potential search terms are spelled.

I just noticed something in a recent search: in the old days when we couldn't edit posts, people often corrected misspellings in headers in follow-up posts, so they could be found with a control-F search. With the new software, the headers for the individual replies have been removed, so all those old corrections are now gone. And many of those threads are now useless (or at least, unlikely to turn up in a search, unless someone included the correct spelling in the body of a post).

Just a reminder that if you care at all about people being able to find your posts with a search, taking a few moments to check the spelling of the key terms is critical!

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  1. Also, don't forget, the Edit function will permit you to also edit your topic Title. So if you notice a blooper after you post it, you can still correct it.

    1. I thought it was funny that someone complained recently about the spelling police. They clearly aren't walking a beat around this neighborhood.

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      1. re: chocolatetartguy

        I think generally the spelling on chowhound is above-average for the internet -- most chowhound posts are reasonably well spelled and punctuated.

        Hey, people have the right to spell as sloppily as they want to -- and I have the right to believe that people who don't show enough respect for their own opinions to make the effort to spell correctly don't deserve to have their opinions respected. I'm not talking about typos -- I'm a professional proofreader, and as such I know that *everyone* makes mistakes. I mean people who just throw words on the screen carelessly, without regard to whether something is spelled correctly or not. If you can't be bothered to care about what you write, then why should I?

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        1. Firefox 2.0 (currently in beta) has a built in spell checker. It will automatically catch your errors as you type your posting.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Oy, Gottenyu. Please tell me that can be easily disabled. I hate auto-correct, and I hate the "please spend three minutes telling me to ignore the spellings of proper nouns after spending 20 seconds writing them" business.

            2. There go all the Acquerello threads...