ATSNN is striving to become a respected center for news gathering and is the most public facet of ATS as a whole. Taking this into account, it is
perfectly reasonable to expect contributing members to take the extra time and effort to check and correct their work before submitting it. Enough
Another issue is bias
. I have submitted a couple of pieces where I was U2U'd to correct bias in the opening paragraph. I have no problem with
this either, although sometimes the definition of bias becomes a little blurred. In fact I think that being able to add in your own opinion on the
issue below, and the ability of members to comment and argue back and forth in the proceeding replies, is a little in contrast with this tenet.
Stories end up being more like opinions/editorials than news pieces, and then in the replies they often degrade into smiley-face-filled slinging
matches; not very professional IMO. I would like to see ATSNN stories stay "clean" and unappendixed on ATSNN, with replies only being visible if
you click the link to see/make replies
. Just a thought.
In ATS, spelling and grammar mistakes don't bother me at all and I rarely if ever call anyone out on it, unless they are so bad that they make the
post nearly unreadable (after all, I live in China...every day reality is understanding mistake of grammar.
) In these cases the poster has shot
him/herself in the proverbial foot because many readers will skip over the post, thus defeating the purpose of posting in the first place.
What IS annoying is errors of syntax
where the meaning and intent of a post is completely changed by errors in such. Missing out a "not" or
"don't" or "wouldn't have" is unexcusable. It hurts the brain to read as the poster seems to change standpoints on a particular issue within the
"Airport security are trained to react to what you say, whether you're being sarcastic or not. If I were you, I would say that because they will
handcuff you, lock you up, and send your luggage to the bomb squad in an instant."
In this case it's pretty clear that the member missed out a crucial "not", but sometimes it isn't so obvious. I guess sometimes in the rush to
post before the thread moves on, folks won't take the time to re-read their posts, and I know I'm guilty of that too. Still, it's good form to use
the "preview post" button and have a read thru again before posting.
[edit on 2005/3/12 by wecomeinpeace]