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    Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    I don't understand why those who are not teachers or native speakers are not required to state that about themselves when providing replies in the Editing & Writing Topics forum. I think the same rule should apply as for the Ask a Teacher forum. Learners have no way of knowing whether the responses they're getting are useful, accurate or even grammatical!

    Please make it part of the rules for that forum.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    I try to edit non-teachers' posts to add "Not a teacher" to responses. However, I don't spend as much time in that section as I do in Ask A Teacher so I probably miss many opportunities to edit.

    I must admit I've never understood why it's not a requirement in every section where responders are giving their advice about English. The only defence I can think of is that the title of the Ask A Teacher section suggests that only teachers will respond (not true) whereas the other sections don't necessarily suggest that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    That's what I have always assumed.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    I find it really frustrating when I see poor/erratic responses in that forum, and sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting my time there! In fact, I think the Editing & Writing forum is, in some ways, just as important, if not more important than the Ask a Teacher forum, simply because learners are exposed there to large chunks of (what they assume to be natural) text! I also appreciate that moderators do not particularly relish wading through volumes of tedious writing, so that's why I thought one way of keeping it tight would be to require those who are neither teachers nor native speakers to indicate that about themselves when providing a reply on that forum.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    We'd still have the problem of enforcing this.When, in another life, I was a mod, I am afraid I rarely went into that section. And I'm afraid that even some teachers have some odd ideas when it comes to responding there.

    I appreciate your frustration but, unless/until we have a mod who is personally interested in this type of work, we'll always have a problem. If you come across someone who regularly gives poor responses, you could PM a mod, who can ask/tell that person to desist.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Oct-2016 at 21:49.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    If that forum is not moderated any longer, then perhaps I am wasting my time there.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    The moderators have a lot to do and there's not many of us. We can't be everywhere all the time. The Ask A Teacher forum is the busiest section of the forum so, understandably, it gets the most attention.

    I don't think you're wasting your time at all. Frequently, you're the only person with the time and inclination to correct the long pieces that are posted there. For that, I am very grateful!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    Thanks emsr2d2; I appreciate your kind reply.
    I would be most grateful then if mods/admins would make it a requirement for those who are not native speakers/teachers to declare that in their posts. I would be all too glad to report those who don't.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Frequently, you're the only person with the time and inclination to correct the long pieces that are posted there. For that, I am very grateful!
    That being so, perhaps the mods could consider teechar's request in post #1. It's a good idea anyway, and if it encourages teechar to carry on the good work in that section, it's a very valuable idea.

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    Re: Editing & Writing Topics Forum

    I'm all for the suggestion but it still relies on the mods spotting posts by non-teachers and editing those posts to add "Not a teacher".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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