There seems to be a fair few questions and answers on SE sites with simple spelling or grammar mistakes in them, and as I am the sort of person who cares about such things, I used to spend the time going in and fixing these simple mistakes. Did, that is, until I realised how many of my edits were being rejected as being "insufficient edits".

It was shortly after that I noticed the Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary. note. My bad :(

However, as this is still a passion for me, just now wondered why such a great(!) collection of sites doesn't yet have some softly, but actively, enforced automatic spelling and grammar checking/notification code, akin to (for example) Microsoft Word.

Could be something like / have handy additional features like:

  1. A warning you have to click through if spelling / grammar mistakes are found in the post (Perhaps with a point penalty for mistakes, to encourage quality postings)
  2. Simple spelling errors are corrected ad-hoc
  3. The ability to set ones account to highlight the changes then approve sans input from the user after ¿5? seconds
  4. Ability to add words to a global dictionary, which would be vetted like edits are

What does the community think?

NOTE: British English used in the question, and errors are excepted :)

  • For those who downvote this question, would request that some of you provide their reasons for doing so; Cool if you don't agree, but would be more constructive to answer why. Thanks in advance :)
    – user66001
    Feb 2, 2013 at 8:52
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    There really is no need for all the bold you have introduced in your last edit. The list of points was clear enough before it.
    – Bart
    Feb 2, 2013 at 18:29
  • @user66001: We usually do read the comments when reviewing reopen votes, so just adding that as a comment is enough. Feb 2, 2013 at 18:58
  • In this case, I am voting to leave it closed as a dupe. You can add your ideas as a separate answer to the other question, perhaps. Feb 2, 2013 at 18:59
  • This question is not the same as what it was closed as a duplicate of. The other question simply asks for a spell checker (A job that as NullPointer quite rightly points out is a capacity of many newer browsers). I was asking for functionality that would encourage users to accept automatic spell checking suggestions, so (in my case) there would be no need to edit and hope it is approved. I will consider adding the uniqueness of mine to the other question, but this will not be an answer to said question, it will be a changing of said question.
    – user66001
    Feb 2, 2013 at 19:37
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    For someone who claims to be a fan of grammar, you sure are fond of misusing commas.
    – user200500
    Feb 2, 2013 at 20:00
  • I was not claiming to be the best at grammar. It would make sense that the above described functionality would help me also, wouldn't it?
    – user66001
    Feb 2, 2013 at 20:41

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Almost all major new browsers have a spell checker for example. There is no need to implement one in the WMD editor


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  • Thanks for the effort gone to with the screenshots; However I don't think you get the point of the request - People don't use the built in spell checkers! If the SE community is not interested in having spelling and/not grammar correctness in otherwise great answers, so be it, but if it is something that people want to address, then I think (sans a better way of dealing with it) there should be soft enforcement of correct spelling and/not grammar in the UI, as outlined in the question.
    – user66001
    Feb 2, 2013 at 10:37
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    @user66001 - If some people don't use built-in spellcheckers, then that's their problem, not ours.
    – user164207
    Feb 2, 2013 at 18:29
  • @JackManey - Considering the data is on our site, I understand the sentiment (and think it would be awesome if everyone went to the trouble) but cannot agree
    – user66001
    Feb 2, 2013 at 19:21
  • @user66001 - Your inability to agree is not the problem of the Stack Exchange devs.
    – user164207
    Feb 4, 2013 at 12:59
  • @JackManey - Wow. Okay............
    – user66001
    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:40
  • @user66001 - Yes, I saw that comment the first time you posted it...
    – user164207
    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:41
  • @Won't - Perhaps at least one person might agree that this is a good idea
    – user66001
    Feb 18, 2013 at 20:07

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