#AskEden - Editor's Guidelines

#AskEden - Editor's Guidelines

HannahPanda HannahPanda
I recently have started editing reviews and have studied my editor's guidelines intently. The guidelines state you should only correct grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and sometimes I go through my reviews and do all of that but I know that the person didn't include all the information they could've in a review. Is it our job to force them to put adequate information before we publish, or should we publish and let the votes tell them that the review needs improvement? I've noticed other editors commenting the way a mentor would on reviews. Is it necessary or do we just do our jobs to correct mistakes?
07/19/2012
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Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by HannahPanda
I recently have started editing reviews and have studied my editor's guidelines intently. The guidelines state you should only correct grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and sometimes I go through my reviews and do all of that but I know ...
As an editor, it is your job to correct for spelling and grammar while retaining the voice of the original reviewer. Your job is not to correct for content. Some editors will comment and make suggestions, but that is not a requirement.
07/19/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
As an editor, it is your job to correct for spelling and grammar while retaining the voice of the original reviewer. Your job is not to correct for content. Some editors will comment and make suggestions, but that is not a requirement.
Thank you so much. I submitted a few reviews and scoured them for errors, but then I thought I might be in trouble for not recommending them to change their review for the better. *sweatdrop*
07/19/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
Quote:
Originally posted by HannahPanda
I recently have started editing reviews and have studied my editor's guidelines intently. The guidelines state you should only correct grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and sometimes I go through my reviews and do all of that but I know ...
it can get pretty odd when you see ways to improve a review, but it's best not to. This thread is a great example why. Changing sentence structure might be okay, or at least frowned upon, but permissible, but that's it. When I was an editor there were some reviews which didn't have any semblance of G.U.M. or even the English language (some people might not speak it as their first language however, so be conscious of that). With those reviews (and if you review enough you will get them) send them back to the student, or release it back to the pile. Also, some people write reviews on their phones and don't check grammar, expecting the editors to fix everything. I usually tried to send a message to everyone I edited (although it was probably 1/4 or 1/5) explaining any changes and how they could improve their reviews, but that's optional.


On an aside, I wish they had a way of sending a review back to the reviewer, but allow for the editor to keep editing.
07/19/2012
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by HannahPanda
I recently have started editing reviews and have studied my editor's guidelines intently. The guidelines state you should only correct grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and sometimes I go through my reviews and do all of that but I know ...
You should not "rewrite" the review, and you should not send it back to the reviewer for additions like you might in the mentor program.

As Kindred said above, correct for spelling and grammar, but not content (what you feel the review should contain.

The links I included in the email will help - check the
Guidelines, Basic Editing Guidelines, and the FAQ.

If you have any questions, make sure to let me know
07/19/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by T&A1987
it can get pretty odd when you see ways to improve a review, but it's best not to. This thread is a great example why. Changing sentence structure might be okay, or at least frowned upon, but permissible, but that's it. When I was an ...
You can send the review back and release the task to edit more reviews. Alternatively, you can hold onto the task after you send it back, but it counts as one of your daily allotments.
07/20/2012
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