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I remember a thread a while back, I think it was you who started it but I can't remember. It was about the whole double spacing thing. I don't mind it, but I am so used to one space after a period that I tend to automatically "fix"
I remember a thread a while back, I think it was you who started it but I can't remember. It was about the whole double spacing thing. I don't mind it, but I am so used to one space after a period that I tend to automatically "fix" it when I am going through something.
I am learning a couple more things to look for, like tenses. I notice sometimes, but I have never looked for them particularly.
I absolutely HATE run on paragraphs ( I am calling them that because that is what they are to me, lol). That is the most common thing I see and it is a challenge to decipher one huge paragraph. Especially if you throw in the grammar errors, punctuation like "..." throughout, and mispelled or misused words. A lot of the time I have to go back and go through the review again just to make sure I didn't go in circles by the end of it.
Your last paragraph makes me smile. I've been there, too. Those are the reviews to which I was referring in the other thread regarding how errors you would normally never, NEVER
miss seem to somehow slip through in your exhaustion from trying to make the review simply readable. The reader does not know how major of an overhaul you gave the review from placing punctuation in one continuous run-on sentence, removing emoticons and chatspeak, translating abbreviations into full words, capitalizing the first word of each and every sentence, correcting an entire legion of spelling errors, and just simply trying to determine what is being said so that you can then determine how to make it grammatically correct without changing the writer's voice.
The longest amount of time I have spent on a review was approaching four hours. Of course, a lot of that time was spent documenting the corrections in the notes section, formulating simple explanations, and providing helpful links. But at least
half of that time was spent simply trying to determine how in the world to "fix it" while preserving the writer's voice. (I did not send the review back to the reviewer because I sensed that s/he was earnest and sincere in his/her her efforts, and I truly wanted to help him/her.) If I could just write it how I
would say it, the editing process would go much faster. But, of course, I don't really desire to do this because I do value the writer's voice. I just feel tempted at times when I simply cannot figure out how to fix something. Those are the reviews on which I spend the most time.
Anyway, when it comes to reviews like those, it's somewhat like putting forth a lot of effort into lovingly repainting and repairing an old dilapidated house only to have the first person coming to see your renovation point out a couple of chips in the paint, focusing ONLY on that. If they could have only seen what you had to work with and known just how much work you put forth to help the contributor's voice be heard (and understood) in this community, then they might be a bit less harsh and a bit more appreciative.