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Don't you love it...

Don't you love it when someone posts a comment to one of your fanfics, telling you how you misused some construction or other, and there are some errors, but their post is so cryptical and ungrammatical, you're not exactly sure what the heck they're talking about?

It is not cool to be ungrammatical when criticizing grammar.

I posted this in the comments in response:

Someone wrote a review that talked about grammar. Unfortunately, I couldn't understand what points were being made because it was rather ungrammatical. Accidently hit the delete review button. If you would like to repost, perhaps with examples, I might be able to figure out what you are referring to. I'm well aware that not every chapter is perfectly error free, which is one of the reasons you will find me doing edits. And yes, Joben appears as a character in the original version of After the End, but he's not the same person in this story. So did Tameo, Hisa, and Hana. But they are my characters, so why not? I am also a retired English professor, so perhaps all you need to point out is where there errors are, instead of trying to explain to me why the errors are bad. Thank you! --Knittingknots

It might have been a little mean to delete and post, but it felt good.  LOL  At least I didn't call out the user by name.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 22nd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I delete most anonymous reviews Most of them are critical and valueless. It always amuses me that people who claim grammar errors cannot write a review without making errors themselves.

Personally, I am not reading for grammar. I am reading for content that I like. Life is too short to worry about such things. That is why authors in the real world have editors to watch out for such things.

Just ignore the idiots What you write makes me happy and that is the only thing important to me.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
And that's how I feel about it all, myself. I'm looking for stories. I know grammar. Grammar without good story is worthless.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
It's true it's annoying as hell when people do that...

Retired English teacher? Oops
Soory for the mistakes ^^"
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
LOL. I swear I don't get nasty about it!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
i don't even bother to delete the few dumb a shit flames i get; better to leave them as trophies of the minds that clearly broke under pressure. but, yeah, if you're gonna leave concrit, you should be decent enough to leave specific. i got a few reviews like that and it was great. your eye never can spot everything.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, I appreciate good heads' ups. She did it on the last chapter and I thanked her...but I'm glad I don't have to write comments on her comment writing style...LOL.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
a friend had been complaining about the same thing in her journal as she received a similarly confusing review for one of her stories. she's been writing a blog about grammar, vocabulary, etc. and i thought you might find some of her observations amusing: http://threears.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/hello-world/
Jan. 23rd, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Her statement of purpose! Yes. I love it. It echos a lot of my feeling on things. Thanks!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
i've enjoyed her essay on 'said bookisms' and her thoughts in all of her entries. i believe that you both share a lot of the same opinions on grammar, writing and vocabulary. i have found her explanations informative and extremely amusing.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ohh, ungrammatical comments, reviews and whathaveyou's are so annoying. I like a good critique as much as the next writer but if I can't make out what it's about it's useless.

Not being a born English user I'm always personally open to anyone pointing out my errors, unless it's done nastily, then it's just mean. Sadly, I make more errors in my native language than I usually do with English, but that's because I use English more in every part of my life, despite not living in an English speaking coutnry. And now I'm putting an end to this rant and try and put this verbal flood into proper use, as in writing about fanfic.
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