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Does anyone else notice the majority of these questions are submitted with poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation? Answered

Also, most of them by young people it seems. Maybe Instructables need to start a mentoring program. I'm also surprised that half of these could be solved by taking 10 seconds doing a Google search.

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NobodyInParticularBest Answer (author)2009-04-12
While not a majority, there certainly are a few.

No language lessons are going to have any major or lasting impact unless the social motivation is there. If you do not feel that learning a language or dialect will improve your social standing and help you to get the things you want from life, then you have no real pressure to perfect your command of that language or dialect.

I think that the problem of not performing searches could be solved by automatically performing a search on the text of the question and displaying the results on the bottom half of the Submit page.

I would suggest results from:

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A good name (author)2009-07-23

Ah hell, I know. It's terrible. We don't even get any funny trolls either. Screw this, I'll use Yahoo answers :P

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lemonie (author)2009-04-25

I think some of the questions are posted by non-native English speakers, this goes some way to accounting for poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation. L

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EPL (author)2009-04-13

Yes, the thing that bothers me the most is when people spell words when they don't even look like the word they are trying to spell. I don't mind capital letters at the beginning of a sentence as long as I can understand it. In order it would be: -poor spelling -not enough detail - poor grammar -all caps

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gmxx (author)2009-04-12

i would say that in order of problems that are most annoying:
-not enough details
-all caps
-poor grammar (mostly no punctuation)
-poor spelling

i think what would be funny/useful would be if the website read your comments back to you, like on this comic

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frollard (author)2009-04-12

http://www.google.com/?q="instructibles answers poor quality"

lol :D

Noted, and dually noted.

I'd REALLY like to see a grammar check, or an all-caps check, that rejects the question saying 'we really think something needs proofreading'.

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