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I've mentioned before an idea I had about getting the smartest and brightest (yeah, that means you lot) to come up with solutions to day to day issues we have that will, ultimately, save the community as a whole some time and pain.
A challenge I'm facing at the moment is in correcting grammar and punctuation.
Many, many, MANY times I see questions or articles that have things like "i then did" or "im not sure" or the punishable-by-death "ur mileage may vary". Even Sql instead of SQL and Asp.Net instead of ASP.NET keep popping up.
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Speed: you want it to happen in the client so it's fast (and doesn't stress the servers). Think of the annoying "pauses" you sometimes get when pasting code into a CP textbox, and imagine typing with that going on...
You looking for sympathy?
You'll find it in the dictionary, between sympathomimetic and sympatric
(Page 1788, if it helps)
I always thought that's what the grammar pedants were here for. Now the OPs can get abuse direct from the website.
Kidding aside, it sounds like a worthy cause, however, will the spelling and grammar correction improve the content or the amount of effort put into a posting or article? Your fuel efficiency may fluctuate under different usage conditions.
The must be an off switch, and it must stay off. Spelling checkers are an abomination, and grammar checkers are worse. For every case where they find I've made an error, they come up with 100's of false positives to annoy me. While the grammar checker in Microsoft Word (for example) can be tailored, it takes too much work for far too little result. Bitch at me about dangling participles (bad habit1) and passive voice (bad habit2), and STFU.
I won't have an impudent piece of sh*t software telling me how to express myself.
Oh, and of your phrase "yeah, that means you lot," it doesn't work.
"yeah, that means the lot of you" is more accurate.
Though, that may get confused with "yeah, that means allot of you," which implies not the whole "lot of us," of which my using 'the whole "lot"' might further confuse others to discern I mean "a whole lot" which, like "allot of you," doesn't mean the whole "lot of you" that "lot" is describing, which is the whole of us.
So, now you (the singular "you," you being the reader, of which, when there is more than a singular "you" reader, collectively, all you readers would also be the "lot of you" readers, though not the lot of you the original "lot of you" denotes) know.
The contest, er project specs, could include the option to qualify which language/nation the author is "typing" in. Or, perhaps, submit for 'inclusion' into a back-end repository of acceptable words and/or phrases.
Then again, there would likely be hourly, nay, minutely submissions of "Plz accept 'plz' as an acceptable word".