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? Jun 21, 2013 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, 2013 at 20:00
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    You have stumbled across a truly horrible nest of questions. Many of these are...impressive. Jun 21, 2013 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. Jun 21, 2013 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, 2013 at 20:06
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    Also queery and jqueery.
    – Basic
    Jun 21, 2013 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. Jun 21, 2013 at 20:08
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    jQueery is an odd little language
    – swasheck
    Jun 21, 2013 at 20:09
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    correct all the qquueerryy!!
    – TronicZomB
    Jun 21, 2013 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, 2013 at 20:24
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    @BilltheLizard How about coz instead of because? Or shud instead of should?
    – Taryn
    Jun 21, 2013 at 20:26
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    "coz" is almost as annoying as "greetz". Jun 21, 2013 at 20:29
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    @ColeJohnson Why? It is not completed.
    – Taryn
    Jun 21, 2013 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, 2013 at 19:28

2 Answers 2


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, 2013 at 5:39
  • My "favorites": wanna (18,148 results), gonna (11,318 results)
    – JJJ
    Jun 22, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 14:04
  • @Bluefeet the smiled can go away though Jun 22, 2013 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, 2013 at 17:48
  • @Monolo What do you mean? Jun 22, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 19:47
  • Feature Request for emoticons.
    – Taryn
    Jun 22, 2013 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. Jun 23, 2013 at 4:50
  • ahhhh
    – Doorknob
    Jul 19, 2013 at 14:14
  • @Doorknob Fixed :) Jul 19, 2013 at 15:35

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, 2013 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, 2013 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. Apr 7, 2014 at 22:01

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