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Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:34 AM

Sign up here to join the Poor Speller Removal Team

Spelling has sometimes been an issue at DU. Part of the DU experience is becoming a better speller. That's why we removed the Spell Check. It was a crutch used by the weak. At the new DU, you either learn how to spell, or you go away. In that spirit, I am authorized to impanel the first Poor Speller Removal Team (PSR Team).


Detailed Explanation of the PSR Team Process

For those who are interested, here is a detailed breakdown of the process for reviewing and handling poor spellers.
1. A member clicks the "Alert abuse" link on any post and then:
a. selects a Spelling Standards violation.
b. checks the box for a Terms of Service violation.
c. provides an explanation for the alert (optional).
d. submits the alert.


2. The alert is sent to a Jury which reviews the post for a Spelling Standards violation. The Jury will either:
a. vote to hide the post.
b. vote to leave the post alone.

3. Once the Jury has completed the review process, an email alert is sent:
a. to every member of the Poor Speller Removal Team as well as the Administrators, if the Jury voted to hide the post.
b. to the Administrators only, if the Jury voted to leave the post alone.


4. The subject of the email alert contains the alerted member's username as well as an "urgency score" which is calculated thusly (with a lower score implying a more relevant alert to the PSR Team): a.Alerted member's post count = 1 point per post
b. Alerted member's time of membership = 1 point per day
c. Time between post made and alert sent = 1 point per minute


5. The body of the email alert contains the alerted member's username, post count, and date of registration, along with the text of the alerted message, any comments the alerter may have added, any comments the Jury may have added, and a direct link to the post.


6. Members of the PSR Team, along with the Administrators, review the email alert. Note that:
a. Members of the PSR Team review the alert only for potential poor spellers.
b. Administrators review the alert for potential poor spellers and any other potential violation of the Terms of Service.


7. Optional: If they are not 100% sure that the alerted member is a poor speller, members of the PSR Team may discuss the alert in the PSR Workspace.


8. If any member of the PSR Team, or any Administrator, reviews an alert and determines that the alerted member is indeed a poor speller, they may revoke the member's posting privileges. However, it is important to note that members of the PSR Team can only revoke a member's posting privileges if that member has had a post hidden by Jury within the previous hour. The PSR Team is physically prevented by the discussion forum software from revoking the posting privileges of any other member. (Administrators can revoke the posting privileges of any member at any time.)

9. Revoking a member's posting privileges is not a simple one-click process. To revoke someone's posting privileges, PSR Team members must:
a. Manually enter detailed information about the member (username, post count, time of membership, etc.)
b. Provide an explanation for the revocation, which will become public on the member's Transparency page
c. Sign off on the revocation by confirming that they: i.understand that the member's posting privileges will be revoked, and that the information on the member's Transparency page will become public
ii. acknowledge that they are responsible for the revocation and that their username will be made public on the member's Transparency page
iii. believe that every other member of the PSR Team would agree that the revocation is necessary



10. Once a member's posting privileges are revoked, their Transparency page will be displayed (if it isn't already). A notation will be placed on the Transparency page containing the reason for the revocation, along with the username of the PSR Team member or the Administrator who performed the revocation.

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Reply Sign up here to join the Poor Speller Removal Team (Original post)
Renew Deal Dec 2011 OP
valerief Dec 2011 #1
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #2
valerief Dec 2011 #3
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #5
valerief Dec 2011 #7
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #9
valerief Dec 2011 #13
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #16
valerief Dec 2011 #15
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #17
valerief Dec 2011 #19
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #20
valerief Dec 2011 #22
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2011 #37
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #38
Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #28
RC Dec 2011 #32
ellisonz Dec 2011 #44
nolabear Dec 2011 #43
sharp_stick Dec 2011 #4
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #6
valerief Dec 2011 #8
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #10
valerief Dec 2011 #11
sharp_stick Dec 2011 #12
valerief Dec 2011 #14
krispos42 Dec 2011 #48
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #18
valerief Dec 2011 #21
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #23
valerief Dec 2011 #25
valerief Dec 2011 #24
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #29
valerief Dec 2011 #36
deucemagnet Dec 2011 #26
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #30
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2011 #33
Broderick Dec 2011 #27
chrisa Dec 2011 #31
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2011 #34
IcyPeas Dec 2011 #35
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #39
applegrove Dec 2011 #40
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #41
applegrove Dec 2011 #42
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #45
krispos42 Dec 2011 #46
Renew Deal Dec 2011 #47
NYC_SKP Dec 2013 #49
NYC_SKP Feb 2014 #50
Sanity Claws Feb 2014 #51

Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:40 AM

1. How do you deal with disagreements about alternative spellings? And British vs. American spellings?

Are misspellings limited to English?

What about poor grammar? Are there plans to ban sentence fragments?

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:49 AM

2. DU is an American website and we speak American.

Grammar Teams will be in future releases.

I hope that answers your questions.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:54 AM

3. So why does DU have International Groups?

I don't think you've thought this spelling thing through, dear.

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Response to valerief (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:59 AM

5. Those are english only groups.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:00 AM

7. But not American only, yet you state DU is American only.

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Response to valerief (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:01 AM

9. DU is hosted in America by Americans for Americans that can spell.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:06 AM

13. "Who" can spell. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:11 AM

16. Like I said, grammar is in the next version

Then I am doomed!

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:09 AM

15. So is DU American only or English only? Your ruling is vague. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:12 AM

17. It is up to the PSR Team if they accept people that don't have an American experience with

the American language. Comprende?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:18 AM

19. So it depends on your mood and your statement 'DU is for Americans only' is incorrect? nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:20 AM

20. DU is for Americans and others that can spell.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:22 AM

22. "Who" can spell. nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:21 PM

37. I can't find 'comprende' in my dictionary

Please report to the Language Readjustment Section for processing.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #37)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:01 PM

38. lol

We're learn these people sooner or later.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:39 AM

28. Not all of the 'hosts' are Americans.

Do you suggest that they should be?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #28)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 01:15 PM

32. Of course.

 

The solution is to grant them Citizenship. Or are least Honorary Citizenship, if they don't have a star.

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Response to RC (Reply #32)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 03:52 AM

44. And them teach them proper American spellings!

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 01:34 AM

43. You didn't capitalize "English". What was I supposed to do again?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:58 AM

4. Which regional dialect?

When I'm trying to connect with some guy from the South may I use the term y'all or all-y'all or will that result in instant banishment to the North Carolina group?

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:59 AM

6. If it can't be found in a dictionary....

It shouldn't be found on DU.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:01 AM

8. Which dictionary? Any dictionary? What is the arbiter of DU spelling, dahlink?

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Response to valerief (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:03 AM

10. Part of the PSR Teams duties will be choosing the dictionary.

Merriam, Scrabble, King James, etc.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:05 AM

11. Urban? nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:05 AM

12. I vote for urban

much more variety than any of the stuffy old versions.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:08 AM

14. And, of course, there are homonyms, e.g., yawl. nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:16 AM

48. No, we speak Americish!

I'm calling in the Special Speech unit to have you vigorously spanked!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:16 AM

18. I ain't never used none impropular englishes.

 

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:22 AM

21. I hereby deign that every member of DU be an active member of the PSR.

I can deign, can't I? Of course, I can. I deign I can deign.

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Response to valerief (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:23 AM

23. lol, I like that idea

Since we will have no bad spellers, then everyone can be on the PSR teem.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 AM

25. Jeepers, if you're going to agree with me, it ruins all the fun. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:42 AM

29. What about it?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #29)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 10:03 PM

36. Indeed, what about it? nt

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:38 AM

26. Yes!

Today, spelling. Tomorrow, grammar!



Where do I sign up?

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Response to deucemagnet (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:42 AM

30. lol

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Response to deucemagnet (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 01:17 PM

33. GREAT gif. Stolen!!! n/t

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:38 AM

27. I will sign up

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 12:31 PM

31. Okey

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 01:19 PM

34. I actually STARTED to reply with a poorly-spelled "Count me in!!!"

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Boy HOWDY, did I ever change my mind about THAT immediately!!!!!
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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 06:59 PM

35. what about Chaucer?

This frere bosteth that he knoweth helle,
And God it woot, that it is litel wonder;
Freres and feendes been but lyte asonder.
For, pardee, ye han ofte tyme herd telle
How that a frere ravyshed was to helle
In spirit ones by a visioun;

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #35)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:02 PM

39. Chaucer is up to the special Old English Hosts Language Management Squad

The OEHLMS

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:06 PM

40. Oh my! I'm in deep trouble. Does anyone know

when spellcheck will be up and running again?

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Response to applegrove (Reply #40)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:11 PM

41. Not soon enough for you!

Better log out now.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #41)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:14 PM

42. LOL!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 12:49 AM

45. OK, it's time to kick the PSRT into high gear.

Poor spellers beware!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 12:55 AM

46. Do we get to banish those genetically predetermined to mis-spell to a special camp?

Where they will be giving a dedicated curriculum of grammar to learn without distraction? A concentration camp, perhaps?

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #46)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:03 AM

47. That's nicer than what I had in mind.

Your're graphic is awesome!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 11:42 PM

49. Recommended. (nt)

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2014, 02:44 PM

50. WTH with that hidden reply of yours?

In the now locked thread.

Sheesh.

The censorship around here!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2014, 03:41 PM

51. What about the poor grammar removal team?

Are you going to combine the two teams?
I am willing to lend my prodigious talents to either a poor speller removal team or a grammar removal team.

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