Reviews with Horrible Spelling and Grammer

Reviews with Horrible Spelling and Grammer

charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Lately I've seen a ton of reviews, written by people who have been around for quite some time, that have "i" instead of "I", have no apostrophes in the contractions, and are full of sentence fragments. It's like they aren't even trying once they know they don't have to submit it to an editor. I know we all make mistakes....but these are just sad. Is there anything to be done about that?
12/23/2012
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- Kira - - Kira -
Not really. The reviews are edited for a while and then it stops. There's a possibility that their reviews were always written like that and editors were just correcting them. When they got out of the editing phase, you get the end result you're talking about.
12/23/2012
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
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Originally posted by - Kira -
Not really. The reviews are edited for a while and then it stops. There's a possibility that their reviews were always written like that and editors were just correcting them. When they got out of the editing phase, you get the end result ...
That's really a shame. There really should be a way to do something...since they are obviously not even trying. So many of us work so hard on reviews, it's sad to see someone put something out that is so full of mistakes simply because they have written 70 reviews and have earned a rank. Blah.
12/23/2012
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
and yes...I realize I spelled grammar incorrectly in this discussion post!

what about the reviews that list 4' when they mean 4"?.....I doubt a toy is 4 feet long....
12/23/2012
js250 js250
I would submit a ticket to Sammi, JR or Stormy...they can discuss it with the reviewer and have them work on the editing!
12/23/2012
indiglo indiglo
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Originally posted by js250
I would submit a ticket to Sammi, JR or Stormy...they can discuss it with the reviewer and have them work on the editing!
Yeah, this is about the only option.

I see it too, and I think it looks really bad... but then again, the people who write reviews here aren't professionals. I do think it takes away from the content of the review though. There is free word processing software out there to check that stuff too, so I think it's just laziness maybe?
12/23/2012
kdlt kdlt
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Originally posted by indiglo
Yeah, this is about the only option.

I see it too, and I think it looks really bad... but then again, the people who write reviews here aren't professionals. I do think it takes away from the content of the review though. There is free ...
I feel the same way about that stuff. I know they're not professionals but it does reflect on what the site users are like and I think that it looks a little.. uneducated? I hope that doesn't sound too harsh!
12/23/2012
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that it bothers...

I'm not so much talking about errors...I know we're all human and not pro writers....and that even if you do proof your reviews, you're bound to miss some things.

I'm talking about the reviews where every single I is an i, and there is no attempt at sentence structure at all.

Honestly, I don't know how people can stand to read them. I can't even bring myself to vote on the usefulness of them. I think to myself, "yeah, I might have learned something, but I can't get over the 25th sentence that starts with "i cant" or "i dunno".

I do think it lessens the appeal of the review itself, and gives a poor impression of the Review Program as a whole.
12/24/2012
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by indiglo
Yeah, this is about the only option.

I see it too, and I think it looks really bad... but then again, the people who write reviews here aren't professionals. I do think it takes away from the content of the review though. There is free ...
I get the impression that many people graduate high school without knowing how to write competently and correctly. Heck, I've recently had to proofread college papers that were written at an eighth-grade level. Instructors of Freshman English need to hand out more F's.
12/28/2012
B8trDude B8trDude
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Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
Lately I've seen a ton of reviews, written by people who have been around for quite some time, that have "i" instead of "I", have no apostrophes in the contractions, and are full of sentence fragments. It's like they ...
i've come, across millions of like so horrible badly awful reviews lattely to, and, theyre filled, like, with, so many errers. no capitolizations, ect. that theyll not readedible. it seems, like, every words and sentences, like, is filled with a thousend commas. commas appear so, like, meny times, and especially if their, before words "like", "and", "but", "so", though it "ALWAYS" never makes SENCES. i also find that many reviewers LIKE to USE capatol LETTERS throuhtout every reviews THAT i feel liek theyre shoutting!!!!!! its good that they dont use two meny exclaimation points so much though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

lets not even so like talk about how meny sentences our in a paragraph.

that would be anuther problem then we will fix it ladder to.

oh well.....we can only try...... so, like, we can also talk about ellipses.........but so they are, like, to confuzing for now to talk about.

Okay, enough of that . . . some of the reviews I've seen recently are simply atrocious. Many reviews are so bad that they're barely readable. They're filled with sentence fragments, excessive use of commas, lack of capitalization, and so much more. Although I don't feel that it's the job of an editor to determine whether or not a review should be published, there have been several instances recently where I've returned reviews to the queue simply because they were so bad. I just sent one back, along with a note to the reviewer, with a request that all of the capitalization errors should be fixed and then resubmitted (I don't believe that a single word was capitalized).

As I rule, I try to make each review readable and then post it. In the event that a new reviewer's work required a significant amount of editing, I'll also post a comment that they should look into the mentor program. Hopefully, some of these new reviewers will take advantage of the program.

Another thing that I find very interesting is that sometimes the people who write the worst reviews will then rate the editor poorly. Visitors who comment on such reviews will also rate the reviewer poorly based upon the content of the review and not on what the editor did to correct the grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc., in order to make it readable (although they really have no way of knowing how bad the review was in its original state). Just as interesting is that after some reviews have been very heavily edited, they will receiving many "extremely useful" ratings. Of course, that's sometimes a good thing.

Overall, I think that EF did a very wise thing by instituting the editor program. Just imagine what things would be like without it! so lets just hoppe that they keep the programs cuz it helps clean up all of the messes that are, like, so many out-there, and then every thing well be OK but then it will bee good two. i think thats good do you?
12/30/2012
Mikemanz Mikemanz
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Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that it bothers...

I'm not so much talking about errors...I know we're all human and not pro writers....and that even if you do proof your reviews, you're bound to miss some things. ...
i agree. being an editor has given me a whole new outlook. i used to think that an editor was being lazy if i saw an error in a review that was edited. but now i know that that may have been the 63rd error and all the others were caught. i edit once, then reread them 4 or 5 times before i publish them. some people write so poorly that i can't even GUESS what they meant. the editors definitely make a lot ob bad/lazy writers look good. guess that's our job, though. if a review is TOO awful, i will kick it back to the writer with a (polite) note and maybe a suggestion about the mentor program
01/02/2013
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