When a review has tons of spelling and grammar mistakes

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Do you take these errors into account when you rate the review? or do you rate based solely on content?

When there is en editor to rank on a review I rate the editor accordingly and try to rate the reviewer on content alone. However when there is no editor I'm not sure how to rate a review where the errors in spelling are so numerous that I feel it takes away from the readability of the review.

What are your thoughts and practices? I don't want to be unfair.
10/02/2012
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
If there's no editor, I don't think twice about dropping my vote. I find grammar and spelling mistakes really take away from what the person is saying.
10/02/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
I'm a grammar nazi so it really irritates me. Especially if there is an editor. I'll knock the review at least one rating lower and harshly rate the editor if there is one. I definitely rate the review more harshly if there is no editor. I recently posted a similar thread here where a lot of people expressed similar views.
10/02/2012
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I will drop the vote if there is a lot. If it is too bad, I just don't read it. Mistakes distract me and I have a hard time focusing on what I'm reading. I go into correction mode!
10/02/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
If it is unreadable I will drop the review a bit probably. I also will say something in the comments as gently as I can about proofing their review. If there is an editor I rate accordingly as well.
10/02/2012
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i appreciate your responses. i had been just skipping over such reviews because i wasn't sure how i felt about it. thank you for the input. i would not be comfortable leaving a comment on a review with such feedback. i would love to see a separate rating system for it.

if i get a lowered vote on a review it would be nice to have a better idea as to why. i saw a review that content wise was awesome, but the spelling was messed up. to rate that low could be very misleading. i can picture someone trying to figure out what they could of written better or added to it, for it to only be spelling and grammar.
10/02/2012
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Quote:
Originally posted by charletnarouh
I'm a grammar nazi so it really irritates me. Especially if there is an editor. I'll knock the review at least one rating lower and harshly rate the editor if there is one. I definitely rate the review more harshly if there is no editor. I ... More
ha! we had the exact same question!
10/02/2012
junipersgame junipersgame
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
If there's no editor, I don't think twice about dropping my vote. I find grammar and spelling mistakes really take away from what the person is saying.
Agreed. If there was an editor, it will still drop my vote, but not quite as much. The editor will certainly get a low vote if they let a wretchedly messy review through.
10/02/2012
Sammi Sammi
If you notice a lot of mistakes with a review that has an editor, please message or email me and let me know
10/02/2012
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
If you notice a lot of mistakes with a review that has an editor, please message or email me and let me know
thank you
10/02/2012
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
If there's no editor, I don't think twice about dropping my vote. I find grammar and spelling mistakes really take away from what the person is saying.
Same here. It's really not that hard these days to spell properly and use correct grammar. I definitely do not expect reviews to be flawless, professional looking documents, but if there are tons of errors I really don't think twice about dropping my vote a notch. No explanations necessary.
10/02/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
If the number of spelling/grammar mistakes are so extreme that they make the review hard to read, then yes, I'll rate it lower than I would've otherwise. If it's just one or two errors? Then... no big deal!
10/02/2012
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Originally posted by Sammi
If you notice a lot of mistakes with a review that has an editor, please message or email me and let me know
i've never seen anything too bad that had an editor, it's more of ones without editors. the most i've ever seen with an editor is maybe two small errors
10/02/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
I think proper spelling and grammar is important. I have missed a word here or there in some of my reviews, but if a review is just loaded with constant mistakes then I'm going to vote accordingly (dock the review if there isn't an editor, if there is, then dock the editor).
10/03/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
This is one of the reasons I always prefer to have a mentor take a second look at my reviews. I'm not such a bad speller but insist on someone else looking at my reviews since I'm not perfect.
10/03/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by closed account
Do you take these errors into account when you rate the review? or do you rate based solely on content?

When there is en editor to rank on a review I rate the editor accordingly and try to rate the reviewer on content alone. However when there ... More
Sometimes I do, if it's hard to actually even read. A few mistakes won't affect how I vote. However, if there was an editor on a review that has errors (2 or more is not acceptable in my opinion, not if the same editor NEVER publishes a review that error-free) then I will vote them poorly. DO NOT BECOME AN EDITOR IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO EDIT. I mean all you're doing is point farming, in reality.

Sorry. Thankfully, the editors now have to take a test, which I just completed happily the other day. While it'll be easy for people to "cheat" on the editor test, it will surely somewhat help narrow down those who don't know how to edit and give those of us who do, more of a chance to use our skills. I really don't think it looks good on an editor when they're published reviews are never free of errors. There are plenty of these out there too. It's also unfair to the person who done the review.

As for rating the reviewer, it would have to be unreadable in parts for me to vote based on some mistakes.
10/03/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Sammi
If you notice a lot of mistakes with a review that has an editor, please message or email me and let me know
Glad I seen this, Sammi. I've seen some that are mind blowing, but never really knew what to do once the editor had it brought to their attention but didn't make any more effort. This may be necessary in some extreme cases though.
10/03/2012
js250 js250
I will message the reviewer to let them know there were many typos and see if they fix them. If they do within 24 hours, I give them an appropriate vote--if not then I will lower my vote for their review. It shows lack of care about their work.
10/03/2012
ToyGeek ToyGeek
If the grammar's bad I'm likely to stop reading and not vote at all. If there are just a few common mistakes (like its/it's) I'll try to forgive the reviewer, especially if the review is packed with useful information, but when I find three errors in the very first paragraph, I will downvote the editor.
10/03/2012
wetone123 wetone123
I have just read several reviews from reviewers with many reviews out there and was disappointed in their spelling errors. These reviews did not have editors. The reviews were useful or extremely useful, but I did not vote or comment because of the spelling errors. I will probably continue in this manner. Experienced reviewers should know better so I do not bother to correct them.
10/15/2012
RubyBlue RubyBlue
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Originally posted by closed account
Do you take these errors into account when you rate the review? or do you rate based solely on content?

When there is en editor to rank on a review I rate the editor accordingly and try to rate the reviewer on content alone. However when there ... More
It does bother me, but I won't give a *really* negative rating unless it's a completely useless review.
10/16/2012
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