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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
1 of 17

Looking through a post this evening, I saw a reply to a subject from a proofreader and translator. They had incorrectly used the words losing and loosing. This sort of thing drives me nuts. I made a response pointing this out (annoying, but this is what proofreaders do), especially given that the FL's hourly rate is twice that of mine.

 

30 minutes later and the original post has been edited and my response to it deleted.

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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
2 of 17

Yes please.

There was a time when the Community Guidelines did not require that members not make fun of other members' English.

It now does.

So, your post indeed deserved deletion.

 

In the Upwork community, Typos and human errors are allowed.

Proofreaders are also known to make errors in their own writings while doing an excellent job on others'.

Nothing in that error speaks about the proofreader's actual competence in the projects they do for clients.

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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
3 of 17

Yes please.

There was a time when the Community Guidelines did not require that members not make fun of other members' English.

It now does.

So, your post indeed deserved deletion.

 

In the Upwork community, Typos and human errors are allowed.

Proofreaders are also known to make errors in their own writings while doing an excellent job on others'.

Nothing in that error speaks about the proofreader's actual competence in the projects they do for clients.

 

Hi Abinadab.

 

I did not make fun of anyone and, of course, we are all human. What I did unashamedly do, was point out that a professional proofreader - someone that makes their living from ensuring that writing is correctly written, had been incapable of applying those basic skills to their own writing.

 

You would know, if a proofreader, that it is simply something you do not do and personally, I would have been incredibly embarrassed if I had done the same.

 

Nothing in that error speaks about the proofreader's actual competence in the projects they do for clients.

 

Possibly not, but it certainly doesn't suggest that they will do a great job for you, if they can't even take the time or effort to apply that apparent competence to their own writing.

 

 

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
4 of 17

Abinadab A wrote:

Yes please.

There was a time when the Community Guidelines did not require that members not make fun of other members' English.

It now does.

So, your post indeed deserved deletion.

 

In the Upwork community, Typos and human errors are allowed.

Proofreaders are also known to make errors in their own writings while doing an excellent job on others'.

Nothing in that error speaks about the proofreader's actual competence in the projects they do for clients.


Disagree. Proofreader are not known to make errors in their own writing while doing an excellent job for clients. It is virtually impossible to dumb yourself down in certain areas of life, or behave differently. Would you think that an accountant is unable to do math in their head in their time off? 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
5 of 17

It is perfectly possible for a proofreader to make mistakes in their own writing. In fact it is almost impossible not to make some errors, especially in a longer work. And in this case it is always advisable to bring another proofreader on board. When I complete a long translation, I always hire a proofreader to go through it. 

 

Anyone who thinks that their (longer) writings are so perfect as to not need a proofreader (or sometimes an editor), is arrogant indeed. 

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
6 of 17

Martina P wrote:

Abinadab A wrote:

Yes please.

There was a time when the Community Guidelines did not require that members not make fun of other members' English.

It now does.

So, your post indeed deserved deletion.

 

In the Upwork community, Typos and human errors are allowed.

Proofreaders are also known to make errors in their own writings while doing an excellent job on others'.

Nothing in that error speaks about the proofreader's actual competence in the projects they do for clients.


Disagree. Proofreader are not known to make errors in their own writing while doing an excellent job for clients. It is virtually impossible to dumb yourself down in certain areas of life, or behave differently. Would you think that an accountant is unable to do math in their head in their time off? 


Of course, no one said anything about "unable." Are you suggesting that a proofreader typically does and should take no greater care in the act of proofreading than he or she might in skimming a forum post or dashing off a quick comment? 

 

My father is a skilled carpenter and can certainly create perfectly seamless continuity when crafting a $50,000 staircase. Sometimes, he sets a stack of books on the kitchen table and doesn't take the time to perfectly align them as he would at work. 

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
7 of 17

Richard S wrote:

Looking through a post this evening, I saw a reply to a subject from a proofreader and translator. They had incorrectly used the words losing and loosing. This sort of thing drives me nuts. I made a response pointing this out (annoying, but this is what proofreaders do), especially given that the FL's hourly rate is twice that of mine.

 

30 minutes later and the original post has been edited and my response to it deleted.


Possibly you noticed that she was mirroring back the language used in the outrageous claim she was responding to?

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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
8 of 17

Hi Tiffany, would that not be making fun of another poster, which has been pointed out to me is against the site's Guidelines? And if even if that was the case, why could the poster simply not be able to point out to me my misunderstanding, as opposed to the post being edited, which implies that I had a valid point?

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
9 of 17

An editor or a proofreader who makes typos or grammar mistakes, that's always embarrassing. Editors and proofreaders, however, work in different languages. Upwork forums are English only, an editor working in another language may not have a full command of English.

 

 

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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
10 of 17

An editor or a proofreader who makes typos or grammar mistakes, that's always embarrassing. Editors and proofreaders, however, work in different languages. Upwork forums are English only, an editor working in another language may not have a full command of English.

 

That's just the kind of 'Professional Translator (Eng) and Proofreader' I would want to hire....

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