Add a “Typo” button for privately pointing out typos to blogger?
There ought to be a private way to communicate a thread-starter’s typos and other nits” to him/her, such as a Typo button-plus-brief-message box, similar to the Report button. When authors fix these nits they do a service to site-visitors, and when visitors bring nits to the owner’s attention they do him/her a favor, in the same way that it’s a favor to tell someone his/her zipper is undone.
But it annoys lots of readers when they encounter these helpful hints in the public space, so the nit-picker is sometimes accused of being a grammar-N*z* or engaging in captious criticism. It’s an unsatisfactory situation all around, which could be resolved (mostly) with a simple Typo button.
Of course, activation of this feature should be at the thread-starter’s option–even down to activating/de-activating it for individual threads. He sometimes (or always) might not want to inhibit his heat-of-the-moment blogging by worrying about typos.
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I believe I have the right site. A few days ago I sent the above idea, slightly differently worded, to WordPress support. I received the following email back:
Subject: [WordPress #681306]: Comments – New Feature Suggestion: A “Typo” Button
Date: January 10, 2011 8:00:13 AM PST
Thanks for your suggestion. We’ve registered your suggestion and will keep it in mind for future features and updates!
Also, don’t forget the ideas forum, where you can discuss your suggestion with the WordPress.com community: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/ideas
That’s why I came here.
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