Does grammar and punctuation effect the rating you give on a review?

charletnarouh charletnarouh
If a review is full of serious grammar or punctuation mistakes (not a comma missing here or there, or some typos, but really glaring errors) will you rate the review as less useful? Or does it only affect your rating of the editor? How important is correct grammar to you in reviews you read?
09/16/2012
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Mikemanz Mikemanz
I find that if there are a LOT of glaring errors after a bit I'm just hunting for more errors and really not even reading the review. i read recently a review by a self-edited reviewer and i stopped counting at 25 bad mistakes. i just usually don't vote on these at all because there is no "disgusted" button. if there are only a few i will rate the content, but then definitely give the editor a lower rating
09/16/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
If a review is full of serious grammar or punctuation mistakes (not a comma missing here or there, or some typos, but really glaring errors) will you rate the review as less useful? Or does it only affect your rating of the editor? How important is ... More
Annnnnd, there is a grammar error in the title of this post. *facepalm* Way to self-edit, Char.
09/16/2012
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
I will absolutely rate a review more harshly if there is poor grammar and punctuation. Reviews are supposed to be informative and educational. It's hard to get those things out of a review if they are unintelligible.
09/16/2012
Beck Beck
Only bothers me if the meaning is changed. We are all human and not all of us are professionals. Spell check only does so much. So, grammar doesn't effect my rating. As long as the review is good; it's good.
09/16/2012
potstickers potstickers
I'll usually just rate down the editor, unless there was no editor.
09/16/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
If a review is full of serious grammar or punctuation mistakes (not a comma missing here or there, or some typos, but really glaring errors) will you rate the review as less useful? Or does it only affect your rating of the editor? How important is ... More
Yes, a review isn't useful to me if there are too many typos for me to read through it without quitting half way through. But I'll only rate the reviewer lower if they do not have an editor
09/17/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
I don't really focus on typos as long as it's not too bad. If the person has to many typos I just won't even bother voting.
09/17/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
If a review is full of serious grammar or punctuation mistakes (not a comma missing here or there, or some typos, but really glaring errors) will you rate the review as less useful? Or does it only affect your rating of the editor? How important is ... More
It definitely distracts me. If I have to decipher more than read a review, it might affect the way I vote.
09/17/2012
js250 js250
I hold my vote, message the reviewer and let them know so they can correct it. If they do nothing--then yes.
09/17/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
Not if it's just a few typos, forgetting some punctuation, a misspelling here and there, etc. We all have that happen, even if we take the time to re-read it and copy it into a word processor to catch mistakes

What DOES bother me is when sentences seem to contradict each other because of the bad grammar. "I didn't not like this lingerie. Unflattttarding. he put penis in me after, not wearing it."

At that point I'm just like "What?" and usually leave them a downvote because writing like that is NOT helpful at all to me. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY!
09/17/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
If it's a little error or only one or two then I don't. If the entire review looks like it was penned by a second grader then perhaps. I'll usually let them know if there are big glaring errors.
09/17/2012
mpfm mpfm
My vote is only affected if it is unreadable or difficult to understand. I am not bothered by a few typos that don't change the meaning.
09/17/2012
LostinLife LostinLife
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
Not if it's just a few typos, forgetting some punctuation, a misspelling here and there, etc. We all have that happen, even if we take the time to re-read it and copy it into a word processor to catch mistakes

What DOES bother me is when ... More
I agree
09/17/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
It depends on how bad the typos are. If it seems like the person is just lazy and doesn't care than I will rate it slightly lower, but like everyone has been saying, we all have little errors here and there. It has to be pretty obvious for me to vote lower because of it.
09/17/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
More than a few syntax errors and more than one spelling error will effect my rating... although I haven't been voting on many reviews of late.
09/17/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by charletnarouh
Annnnnd, there is a grammar error in the title of this post. *facepalm* Way to self-edit, Char.
It's ok, I fixed it for you. It always helps to have someone look over your work, even if it's only the spell check in Word.

Bad spelling, grammar, and punctuation really throw me off. I usually knock it down a level, sometimes two.
09/17/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
Not if it's just a few typos, forgetting some punctuation, a misspelling here and there, etc. We all have that happen, even if we take the time to re-read it and copy it into a word processor to catch mistakes

What DOES bother me is when ... More
Me too! The worst for me are the incomplete sentences. In fact, if my students send me a review with something along the lines of your example of "I didn't not like this lingerie. Unflattering. Not fit well. Bad for the price" (okay, that's similar enough to your example. Lol) then I'll straight send it back and it's frustrating! How hard is it to say IT IS unflattering. I DO NOT like it? Ugh! That just comes across as lazy and careless to me, but thankfully, I haven't had students who were repeat offenders. Mostly, I experienced those damn incomplete sentences as an editor and in that case, the review was usually totally unreadable anyway.

If there's an editor and more than a few mistakes, especially if it's one of these editors who never publish a review with less than 3 mistakes, they get voted for appropriately and honestly. If the reviewer did not have an editor, I'm less harsh.

Those of you who say you only rate the reviewer low if they have an editor, why? Is that backwards? I mean, in my mind, I'm thinking if they had an editor and the editor couldn't manage to figure out the mistakes (majority of em' anyway) why hold it against them fully? It's the editor who's also lacking. I will let a few mistakes slide, but the editor's job is to edit, so I rate them on their editing job. I rate the reviewer on their job reviewing and as long as it's not sloppy, careless, lazy and unreadable, it won't affect my rating on their review much.
10/03/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
If it makes it difficult to read, my vote will take it into consideration.
10/03/2012
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