I smiled every time I saw it because I knew it would be just a matter of time before you corrected someone else's typing. The error was probably obliterated the last time the RGE21 catalog pages were updated. The point is that it's not important. We all knew what Ulimate was supposed to mean. Bringing it to someone's attention at AP.com would've been petty.
JDT's error was an insignificant typo. I doubt that I've ever encountered anyone on the 'Net who posts a question while simultaneously hoping a respondent will correct any and all spelling, grammar or typos. Have you? It's probably a friendlier approach to just assume that the original writer does NOT wish to be corrected. I think that's how most of us would prefer to be treated by our friends and co-workers. I can't see any reason to believe that we should behave any differently when communicating with strangers. BJ21 may be a classroom, but composition, spelling and grammar aren't the subjects.
I'm not sure you understand how people might interpret your attempts to correct minor errors in typing and spelling. You make these errors, I make these errors, we all make these errors. When you set yourself up as the Great Correcter of Boo-Boos, the flaw you're revealing in yourself is infinitely larger than any weakness the writer could possibly have.
Digest what I'm trying to tell you, or don't. The choice, obviously, has always been yours. It doesn't really matter to me either way. I wish you continued success in whatever you do.
There are errors and then there are errors. (Thanks, Yogi, you can sit down now!)
Typos can be pointed out strictly for fun. I do this with every other PathMorph post. Good for a chuckle. No malice, please.
Then there are errors of understanding, like someone thinking that the author of Burning the Tables is Ian Anderson. Such errors only require some tuning correction.
But why not point out persistent errors of grammar or syntax (since they can also lead to misunderstandings)? Don't you cringe when you see yet another "Buddy, if you follow system XYZ you will loose" ?
Everyone was a network newbie once. And not everyone has had the benefit of reading this book. So when someone makes a mistake -- whether it's a spelling error or a spelling flame, a stupid question or an unnecessarily long answer -- be kind about it. If it's a minor error, you may not need to say anything. Even if you feel strongly about it, think twice before reacting. Having good manners yourself doesn't give you license to correct everyone else.
If you do decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public. Give people the benefit of the doubt; assume they just don't know any better. And never be arrogant or self-righteous about it. Just as it's a law of nature that spelling flames always contain spelling errors, notes pointing out Netiquette violations are often examples of poor Netiquette.
He just loves to correct people even if there are correct.He once told a poster that they had Bob Nersesian spelt name wrong when in fact it was he that had it WRONG .The point being that everyone knew who the poster was speaking about. Maybe he just was a teacher in a previous life, or he just really wants to be one in this life.
And a real pest he was too. (We had to get the fumigators in to get that pest out.)
I'm sure you have nothing to do with that.
Anyway, you're probably not aware that Don Schlesinger has indeed worked as a teacher. It's right there, in the bio that's included in BJA. Ain't you people supposed to have read the book forwards and backwards by now?
The internet is not US-only. Remember that there are _many_ that are many native-English-is-not_their-first-language people posting. Pointing out petty spelling/grammar errors makes one look like a chump to the world as a whole...
Read his post. He joked about the spelling of his own book and had a smiley after it. Then he went on to be helpful and even to suggest that his is not the first book to get. Now a long thread of petty, childish criticism follows. And you have joined the malcontents on the Fight Club who's favorite word starts with N and is often followed by homophobic epithets. No wonder so many people, who's only desire is to help, are chased off. Syph is right, Grosjean was chased off this board. By people like Syph. And now you have joined in the "fun."
Pointing out petty spelling/grammar errors makes one look like a chump to the world as a whole...
Not everyone seems to realize that. :)
Pointing out petty Netiquette errors also makes one look like a chump to the world as a whole...
>>Pointing out petty Netiquette errors also makes one look like a chump >>to the world as a whole...
>>Not everyone seems to realize that either. :)
Check out how many _times_ I have pointed this out.
(hint: perhaps one time a year on different fora).
I find it amusing that I was once taken to task for using "IE" (when that was very common in the "early internet days" to reduce typing to a minimum, since the then-common ASR-33 took forever to produce a single character when you were typing..) Yet the same ones complaining about IE resort to LOL, ROTFLMAO, IMHO, IMNOSO, and so forth, _none_ of which appear in Webster's unabridged. :)
Just goes with the territory of venturing into cyber-land where you run into all kinds, all the time..
Anyway, my last comment on the practice. If one has the time and inclination to be petty about spelling errors, there is little to be done for them of course...
Personally, "content" is more important than "presentation" most of the time...
Of course it makes a difference. I cannot believe this thread has grown this long because Don joked about the spelling of his book title. I swear if I posted that 1+1=2 we would end up with 40 posts criticizing something. Talk about petty.