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:
- 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)
- Simple spelling errors are corrected ad-hoc
- The ability to set ones account to highlight the changes then approve sans input from the user after ¿5? seconds
- 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 :)