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I just read a review by a highly esteemed and prolific reviewer and while the content was mostly stellar, there was at least one glaring error. Should everyone have their work looked over by an editor or mentor?
I have a few things to add, but first and foremost: why didn't you go tell them instead of coming here? You know, it's important to privately and kindly point minor errors out to a reviwer, especially if they're so "prolific" as you claim.
I personally think the editor program is jacked up because ANYBODY and EVERYBODY eventually gets in and if you've been around for a while, hello! Have you seen some of the editors' work? I remember I'd pay more attention when I was an editor, but some of it is just mind blowing and you know when it's a true mistake on their part or if they're just totally unqualified by reading several of their published reviews. Sadly, there are many editors and it's because editing is not as simple as it seems.
I make typing errors a lot. I get excited and I type quickly and go crazy sometimes, but I do revise. I literally spend hours on every review I write, but mistakes happen. No biggie unless you're an editor. In that case, mistakes are less tolerable because well, you signed up and said "hey, I can do this job" and then you can't, but yet you continue to edit for the points? That is poor behavior.
I personally have taken courses and still am on writing, revising and editing. I've spent a year in an editing class, so when I signed up, I knew I was qualified and have college credit to back it up. Not saying it should be a requirement, because that's not fair. But people should really look at their own reviews and study/recognize the simple errors that slip by them before being an editor.
I have books that I have read and can tell you exactly how many errors appear and on what pages! I'm pretty good I think. But I know I may miss things in my own reviews.
While I'm strict on myself because that's how I've been taught as a writer and editor, but I know it's harder with your own work. I'm not as hard on others as I am myself. If I see one mistake in a review, I think nothing of it and I don't let it change how I feel about the reviewer. If I see several, I might be wondering a little. Now if I see an editor that's published several reviews and more than one review contains a mistake, to be frank, I do not think they deserve to be an editor. Sorry, but I truly feel that some of us work HARD to make it as close to perfect as possible and then you have people who don't know the difference between than and then! Not to be rude about it, but I do think it's unfair to everybody at EF when editors cannot edit and yet they continue to do so. I can think of at least 5 who I've read more than 20 reviews full of errors, big errors!
However, I do know that mistakes happen. I remember one time while editing I had gotten a review from the task market, but when I would go to try and edit, it was not there. I kept looking and going back to my tasks and didn't see anything of it. So I really thought I had just made a mistake in thinking I took this review for a task! I thought I just missed something or was going crazy. A long while later, someone messaged me, one of the people who update you as an editor (Sammi or someone.)
Anyways, they said they came across a review I published and that it honestly did not look like it was ever seen! I flipped out. She gave me the link to the review, I read it and nearly had a stroke! It was buried back in my very first page of tasks. Somehow, although it was one of my last.
I was disappointed and kicked myself a hundred times for letting such a horribly written review go published. It was a weird thing seing that I was never able to "edit" or read the review when I "thought" I took it as a task. But mistakes happen, I try to get over it. I was able to go back and edit things, but told the person that it was a mistake that it was published and they would not be published again with that many unreadable errors.
I was also upset that the review had been read and rated poorly on my part and yet none of those people had the dam* decency to come to me and say "whoa! Kendra, this is not like you. What are you thinking publishing something with so many errors." Nothing. Nobody felt they had enough time to mention it to me, but were real happy to rate me poorly, which is understandable, but this is my point: you TELL the person. How do you ever expect them to learn if you rate them, but never bring anything to their attention? It's not friendly-like in my opinion. Of course I don't expect people to point out my mistakes or blame them, but it's very much something appreciated.
I have a few friends on EF who will always message me if they catch an error in my review. Once one of my friends here did and then worried I'd be upset. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it when someone just sends me a kind message giving me a heads up that I may have missed something. I do the same out of kindness. There's a difference in saying "you suck" and "I think you got too exicted and made an error."
Sure, we all make them, but the standards for an editor should be a lot higher than for a reviewer who's proven they can publish their own work and it be readable, conaining less than a few errors.