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There are over 300 "querry" (aka query) and over 100 "jquerry" (aka jquery) typos that need to be corrected.

I have started to go through the questions and answers but it would be great if some other helpful editors could help to correct these 400+ spelling mistakes.

Don't even get me started on pls and plz typos. Or even u r or ur (there are awful spelling issues)

Update, the following have been completed:

Edit 7/12: completed

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    Could someone plz write some jquerry to automate this? – George Cummins Jun 21 '13 at 19:59
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    @GeorgeCummins Even better an autocorrect, when these were added in questions/answers. I don't like text speak. – Taryn Jun 21 '13 at 20:00
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    You have stumbled across a truly horrible nest of questions. Many of these are...impressive. – George Cummins Jun 21 '13 at 20:05
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    Cool, the new(ish) search doesn't cap results at 5000. Also, it looks like "PLS" is actually a thing. – Bill the Lizard Jun 21 '13 at 20:05
  • @BilltheLizard I found that out when I started editing to remove pls a mass replace would not work for that word because of PLS. – Taryn Jun 21 '13 at 20:06
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    Also queery and jqueery. – Basic Jun 21 '13 at 20:06
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    I see you're trying to enlist the help of the community to correct the spelling of jQuery. You should totally drop that and try jQuerry. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 21 '13 at 20:08
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    jQueery is an odd little language – swasheck Jun 21 '13 at 20:09
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    correct all the qquueerryy!! – TronicZomB Jun 21 '13 at 20:11
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn that was a little evil, but I totally laughed out loud in the office. – Ryan Jun 21 '13 at 20:24
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    @BilltheLizard How about coz instead of because? Or shud instead of should? – Taryn Jun 21 '13 at 20:26
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    "coz" is almost as annoying as "greetz". – Bill the Lizard Jun 21 '13 at 20:29
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    @ColeJohnson Why? It is not completed. – Taryn Jun 21 '13 at 21:12
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    How would you go about fixing those if they were part of a quoted passage? – Andriy M Jun 22 '13 at 19:28
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This seriously needs to be automated. I know that there are ways to get out of these things, but these should be removed on post. :) has 190,000 results. Are you kidding me?

I'll put together a list of things that should be cleaned.

These numbers are a little too high, especially the smileys. Those definitely need to be banned. That would be a nice feature request.

If I was a talented enough programmer, I would figure out how to build a bot, but I'm not sure even where to start. So one of you programming geniuses out there should build one!

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    Well at least plz don't u ban smileys in comments :/ coz we need them thx :) – Alvin Wong Jun 22 '13 at 5:39
  • My "favorites": wanna (18,148 results), gonna (11,318 results) – JJJ Jun 22 '13 at 8:03
  • I'm so glad that after two years nothing has changed (SO's search engine used to cap results to 5000) – Yi Jiang Jun 22 '13 at 10:52
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    Unfortunately I don't think we can autofix some of these. As Bill pointed out PLS is an actual thing. Also the ur could be an alias used in sql. – Taryn Jun 22 '13 at 14:04
  • @Bluefeet the smiled can go away though – Cody Guldner Jun 22 '13 at 15:12
  • An algorithm to find these txtspeak abbreviations will produce a few false positives, but maybe it is better to make 5000 automated edits followed by, say, 200 manual rollbacks instead of 4800 manual edits? – Monolo Jun 22 '13 at 17:48
  • @Monolo What do you mean? – Cody Guldner Jun 22 '13 at 18:24
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    @Monolo The problem is that you don't know which 200 posts you have to roll back manually unless you go through all the 5000. – JJJ Jun 22 '13 at 19:10
  • @Juhana, no I agree - I was thinking that the normal community editing process could take care of it, so maybe "rollback" was a wrong choice of word. Still, having a few hundred problematic posts seems less of a problem than having several thousand. I know that this is controversial, though. – Monolo Jun 22 '13 at 19:47
  • Feature Request for emoticons. – Taryn Jun 22 '13 at 23:18
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    Stack Overflow posts should be written in English. Many posts from the "shud" and "wud" searches simple aren't. Uhg. Time to deploy edits and downvotes until fatigue and despair overcome me. – dmckee Jun 23 '13 at 4:50
  • ahhhh – Doorknob Jul 19 '13 at 14:14
  • @Doorknob Fixed :) – Cody Guldner Jul 19 '13 at 15:35
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While I'm all for cleaning up the site...

Please for the love of all that's good and right about SO don't just go on a campaign of one word spelling corrections.

Chances are very high that the same user who miss spelled jQuery or put an emoticon in their title has several more issues with there post that need to be corrected.

  • When I am editing the questions/answers I clean up as much junk that I see, including voting to close. – Taryn Jul 13 '13 at 4:09
  • @bluefeet No offense intended. Just a signpost for newer users who may see this post and go on an editing spree. – apaul Jul 13 '13 at 4:11
  • Attempting to just make a spelling correction results in the "Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post?" message. – Jason Aller Apr 7 '14 at 22:01

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