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Post by Helen_Combe » 11 Aug 2018, 05:25

It has been suggested that life would be easier for editors if they knew upfront whether the review is in American English, UK English or some other English. This could reduce the number of rechecks requested as the editor will be prepared for outlandish slang and weird spellings.
Perhaps a checkbox upon registration that could be applied to the review?
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Post by AmySmiles » 11 Aug 2018, 07:56

Helen_Combe wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 05:25
It has been suggested that life would be easier for editors if they knew upfront whether the review is in American English, UK English or some other English. This could reduce the number of rechecks requested as the editor will be prepared for outlandish slang and weird spellings.
Perhaps a checkbox upon registration that could be applied to the review?
That might work, or some way to mark each review. I wish they would mark the books too as I'm currently reading one in British English that is frustrating because I don't know the slang. But I didn't realize it when I picked the book. I'm enjoying the book, but probably would have left it for someone else to read had I known.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 11 Aug 2018, 08:22

AmySmiles wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 07:56

That might work, or some way to mark each review. I wish they would mark the books too as I'm currently reading one in British English that is frustrating because I don't know the slang. But I didn't realize it when I picked the book. I'm enjoying the book, but probably would have left it for someone else to read had I known.
You could go to the book on Amazon and look at the author’s page. The biography usually gives their location.
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Post by AmySmiles » 11 Aug 2018, 09:09

Helen_Combe wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 08:22
AmySmiles wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 07:56

That might work, or some way to mark each review. I wish they would mark the books too as I'm currently reading one in British English that is frustrating because I don't know the slang. But I didn't realize it when I picked the book. I'm enjoying the book, but probably would have left it for someone else to read had I known.
You could go to the book on Amazon and look at the author’s page. The biography usually gives their location.
I guess I should do that, I was just thinking it would be nice if OBC could include it in the author bio. Sometimes I'll do more searching on a book before selecting it, but this particular one I was interested in from just the description we are required to read that I didn't look into it any further. Oh well it's not the end of the world. I can learn some new phrases. :)
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Post by a9436 » 11 Aug 2018, 09:13

I just posted a review with (Review in British English) in the title because I was worried about being marked down for using British spelling. Having a checkbox so it is always nice and clear to the editors is a great idea.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 11 Aug 2018, 09:31

a9436 wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 09:13
I just posted a review with (Review in British English) in the title because I was worried about being marked down for using British spelling. Having a checkbox so it is always nice and clear to the editors is a great idea.
What a good idea! Why didn't think of that? :doh:
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Post by a9436 » 12 Aug 2018, 09:24

Helen_Combe wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 09:31
a9436 wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 09:13
I just posted a review with (Review in British English) in the title because I was worried about being marked down for using British spelling. Having a checkbox so it is always nice and clear to the editors is a great idea.
What a good idea! Why didn't think of that? :doh:
You sort of did, actually :D It was a post of yours in the review team support forum that inspired me.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 13 Aug 2018, 15:44

Great idea :)
Either a checkbox or something as simple as writing next to the heading BE or AE should do it too!
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