Spell check

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by James McFadyen, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Now, I'm not the worlds best speller, not have I been given any real talent of grammical sence. That is why God made me Composer ;) Words have no meaning for us lot :) ;)

    But I can't help noticing that whenever someone miss-spells a word, usually because of sloppy typeing (in the case of myself) ppl r qwik to tell u so, however it is usually of little use because they don't tell you how to spell the word. To me it's a litte nit-picky, so what if I miss-spell or miss out vowel here or there...............which brings me to the ultimate point:

    tMP should be updated with a Spell Checker. If Microsoft took the view that ppl should be old enough to spell and be totally grammatically correct all the time, then they'd have a lot of unhappy customers.

    It's quite obvoius that a spell cheaker is needed for the vast majority of users at some point during their tMP posts.

    Whenever ppl see (or usually can't see ;) ) a flaw and nic-pick at my entrpaureal (pretend u know what that means!) skills, I try and sort it.

    I don't want to tell ppl their jobs, but as this is an open forum, I'd thought I'd suggest this much-needed element of tMP.

    I have every confindence that the Mods will not put a spell-checker on tMP and will end up saying something like 'tMP users should be resposible enough to spell words correctly' or something like that, but u never know! ;)

  2. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    on the contrary James, it's more our opinion that people should be responsible enough to forgive the odd misspelling, and not let it get in the way of what's being said.

    As far as I'm aware, most of the "nit-picking" that's done is in good humour, and occurs when someone accidentally types a word they didn't mean to - to humourous results..

    Personally though, I have no problem with bad spelling/ bad typing. I hate text-speak, but that's another thread ;)
  3. jameshowell

    jameshowell Active Member

    I agree a spell checker might be useful, but I also think most mistakes are due to things like mistyping and not realising/checking before you submit.

    Maybe just a quick skim read before people post is all that is needed?

    Also, it is a good laugh when people mis-type and their post changes meaning, usually for the worst! haha! it would be a shame to lose that!

    ps I haven't linked to you yet James, misplaced my hard drive pen with all my files on somewhere in my jungle of a bedroom. :oops: as soon as i find it, the link will go up!
  4. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member


    Did they not teach people how to spell at Kirkland???? :wink: :wink: :wink:
  5. BottyBurp

    BottyBurp Member

    Personally, I find trying to read a posting that's full of errors detracts from what the poster is actually trying to say. In my industry, I ask myself, if people are making basic errors in what they type/write, what other mistakes are they making?

    In your industry James, I'd be worried what mistakes were in your music that you compose.

    And I too, HATE txt speak on a forum...
  6. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    Depending on just how bad the spelling / grammar is, it can seriously detract from the point that is being put across. However, spell checkers on online forums would be a bit of a pain.

    Why not type your posts in Word, using its spell checker James then cut and paste them to tMP?

    I'm also not a big fan of text speak in text, PMs or online posts :)
  7. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Whilst I accept that some people could find a spell-checker helpful, they can also be more trouble than they're worth, particularly when you're posting in a specialist field where there are likely to be lots of terms and vocabulary that are not in the spell-checker's dictionary in the first place.

    As others have said, many of the slips stem from people posting quickly and not reading through what they have put - my typing is not brilliant by any means, and I often find I need to go back and edit where letters have been omitted or transposed. If folk are that concerned, they could always type it up in Word or similar and then copy and paste.

    I suspect that many people wouldn't bother to take the time to go through the spell-checking process, as they are wanting to post quickly and get on to the next thing in hand.
  8. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    I would imagine that spelling and grammar would be the last of your worries if you were posting on tMP in a field! ;)
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Not if your grandma didn't want you to get your shoes dirty :shock: :cry: :lol:
  10. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Hell no! ;) :)
  11. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    I guess there's a local Buckhaven / Kirkland rivalry then. Does Kirkland still have the dodgy reputation I remember from when I was at Glenwood?
  12. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Kirkland was alright when I first was a Kirkland, but the last few years, it started to get worser and worser ;) :) ;)

    deliberate grammical mistake ;)
  13. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    Buckhaven was never anything to write home about either back then :) I'm sure it got much better as the years passed...
  14. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Just thought I'd jump in here...

    Presently I don't have any plans to implement a Spell Checker for tMP. I am not even sure if one exists or has already been developed for the specific version of the software that runs tMP, I haven't looked :shock: . tMP is not about to commission a 3rd party developer to do this either... :lol: which incidentally could cost big bucks!!

    However, as tMP is growing at a phenominal rate (daily access stats for yesterday alone were a staggering 28,000 :shock: yup, you read corerctly, that was twenty eight thousand!!) we certainly do have plans at various stages of their development for more significant new features, functionality and access to useful information on tMP.

    Sorry if no spell checker disappoints anyone, but there's far better things we are focussing on just now... watch this space... :wink: which as most will know... means the announcements section... :wink:
  15. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    well, not this space zigactly.. probably more likely a space located around the Announcements section...
    Really John, you should try and be a little more accurate ;)
  16. jameshowell

    jameshowell Active Member

    Isn't that assuming us tMPers would have followed blindly like lemmings... :wink:
  17. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    Lol! :lol: You Mods are very on the ball, amuses me :D Has cheered me up, cheers :wink:
  18. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    There are NO mistakes in the music I compose. every set is triple checked about 5 times over. I have wasted a lot of money on throwing out dudd parts and sets. As for wrong notes - never! ........yet :wink:
  19. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    ur probably right, look like I'll just need to spend more time looking over myposts, either that or edit them a few dozen times......hey If I've got some spare time, I'll read a dictionary. :wink: :wink:
  20. BottyBurp

    BottyBurp Member

    Whilst I accept that there may be no mistakes in your music, I have a preconception (having read many of your posts) that there may be. This is the point I'm trying to make - if I see mistakes in what someone types/writes, I wonder what other mistakes they make.