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Why do some questions on Answers.com have bad spelling and grammar?

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2015-08-16 04:32:01
2015-08-16 04:32:01

There are several reasons why this could be:

  • English is not everyone's first language.
    Answers.com is an international community that welcomes people of all backgrounds, we do not discriminate or exclude anybody.

  • There are medical conditions that affect hand motor skills such as typing.
    For example, Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor and Shellshock or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Again, we do not discriminate our community members.

  • There are learning difficulties which affect some people.
    For example, Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD). These difficulties are, like the other points above, are uncontrollable by the person writing the question.

  • Typing too quickly.
    Sometimes people panic, especially when asking medical questions or they are worried about someone or an animal, leading them to make typos. Other times people are too upset to concentrate properly, for example someone who is asking a question about grieving or relationship troubles.

  • Laziness.
    Sometimes it is purely because of laziness. The individual may not feel too bothered about correcting their grammar or they use that awful "text speak".


There is a team of people on Answers.com who do go through as many questions and answers as they can to improve the quality of them. However do bear in mind that there are millions of daily international visitors to this website, and the quality fixers cannot be everywhere at once, they are only human.

Visitors and members can help us by bringing badly-spelt questions and answers to our attention. They can do this by clicking the flag which is next to the question itself and selecting the reason why they are reporting it as grammar-related.
You could consider signing up for the WikiReviewers Program here, which deals with the quality of the site's content, to lend a hand.It is voluntary.
You could also apply to become a Supervisor (moderator) in the community and help us that way.


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2007-12-07 15:05:49
2007-12-07 15:05:49

Many people have poor English language skills. This is especially true here on an Internet site where visitors come from around the world. Moreover, the format of WikiAnswers can be confusing to new visitors. For technical reasons and to keep questions as simple as possible. We do not allow multi-part or compound sentences. No special characters are allowed: no colons, semicolons, parantheses, exclamation marks, percentage signs, dollars signs, etc. Even commas are not allowed. Please consider helping out by editing questions or answers that seem confusing or have grammatical errors, thereby making said questions and answers more easily understood.

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