I recently read an article in Wired which points out in passing that our personas on online networks are projections of who we want to be - an avatar. When answering SO questions, I usually spend some time considering the wording of my responses to ensure that they are consistent with who I want to be. (Unless I'm rushing to be frist!)
Yesterday, I noticed that several of my questions had been changed by several editors.
Some of the edits were welcome, like spelling fixes, or capitalizing the first word of a question.
And some were understandable, like capitalizing Unix, or adding more descriptive text to a link.
There were the more questionable ones, like capitalizing Google when it is used as a verb: "what to google". (Sorry trademark lawyers, you lose this round) (If someone changes it to read "Bing it", I'm outta here).
But then there are the ones that don't add any value, but do change how I "sound"
- "Here's a starting point - please add..." --> "Here's a starting point. Please add.."
- "Has someone done a port" --> "is there a port"
And the worst are the ones that erase my personality altogether:
- teh "interweb" became "internet".
- "Do you know those movies where...." is apparently not a good title.
- I have to admit, I knew that one was not going to stand...
Maybe I am choosing not to capitalize windows, and believe "VC 2005" is a better description then "Visual Studio 8". (The start menu says '2005'.) What right do the editors have to take those quirks from me?
The real question: Can and should I re-edit my questions to restore my personality?