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There are currently 3500+ results for "loose focus" on Stack Overflow, the vast majority of which are misspellings of "lose focus".

Is this worth addressing, and if so, how?

I am aware of other ongoing efforts to perform bulk-cleanup of a large volume of posts, but I'm not sure if the same thing is necessary here, or desirable by the community.

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I'm amazed at how 3000 or so people cannot spell lose... – Simon Sheehan Nov 11 '11 at 20:19
@SimonSheehan or the same person 3,000 times :) – ChrisF Nov 11 '11 at 20:24
It is worth mentioning that the problem is common to every site in the SE network. Server Fault has lots of talk about "loosing connections", for example :| – meagar Nov 11 '11 at 20:31
The same problem is common to every site on the entire internet. Part of me wonders if lose -> loose is possibly the most common misspelling around. – Grace Note Nov 11 '11 at 20:33
No that would be its/it's or your/you're. – Toomai Nov 11 '11 at 20:47
@Toomai I still think of "it's" instead of "its" because it's like agf's / meagar's / etc. and have to mentally beat myself into submission as I type. But I doubt that is nearly as easy to autocorrect as the loose / lose pair. – agf Nov 11 '11 at 21:21
The problem with bulk corrections like this is their loose focus. – Ben Brocka Nov 11 '11 at 21:35
@Ben The question is, would there be fewer errors after a mass loose->lose correction? Would the change result in less than 3500 errors afterwards? – meagar Nov 12 '11 at 0:30
@meagar I understand and I would assume that significantly less than half of those "loose focus" statements are correct, but I would never would to auto-correct things like this unless A) it was a serious problem and B) it significantly impacted readability. IMO it's neither of these things and I'd hate to set precedent to autocorrect things based on this. I do like Truth's suggestion of making it a "low quality" style indicator that makes it show up in review though. If possible it would be a good inclusion in out "low quality" algorithm. – Ben Brocka Nov 12 '11 at 1:09

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I am aware of other Q/A sites which have some very good bots built to address these kinds of issues. The bot identifies the potential misspelling, and batch displays it to a moderator or a community tool (such as the reviewing tool).

The problem can be fixed by the corresponding people then.

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