#ACESchat 1: The Value of Editing
The American Copy Editors Society hosted its first Twitter chat from 4-5:15 p.m. EST on Dec. 4. Our topic was Editing’s Value: New Research and How to Convince Your Boss What You Do Matters.
- First, we talked about what kinds of errors readers notice most. Chatters paid particular attention to spelling errors and errors of fact.
- — ACES (@copyeditors)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:05:32OK, Q1: What kinds of things do readers notice most if editors aren't around to catch them – spelling, grammar or factual errors? #ACESchat
- — Amy Goldstein (@northboundlane)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:08:17
- — Precise Proofing (@PreciseProofing)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:09:50Q1: Readers are more likely to jump all over factual errors first; the rest, they let slide. #ACESchat
- — Bremner Editing Ctr. (@KUBremner)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:09:19A1: I think any of them, depending on the audience. Get the stats wrong in a baseball story and expect a ton of feedback. #ACESchat
- — Fred Vultee (@fredvultee)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:11:12Q1: I tend to lump spelling/facts as "professionalism" -- they can tell we're inconsistent even if they can't spell "Hillary." #ACESchat
- — Mededitor (@Mededitor)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:10:57#ACESchat In reviews of self-published works, you see readers get irked at typos. Spend money on a book, you expect a certain standard.
- — Bremner Editing Ctr. (@KUBremner)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:12:57
- Q2: There's a perception editing matters more in print than online. Is this your experience and do you think readers agree? The response by @PerciseProofing hit a chord with most of the chatters.
- — Precise Proofing (@PreciseProofing)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:14:32Q2: Editing ALWAYS matters. Whether it's in print or online, it's your image that's at stake. #ACESchat
- — Sherry Lawler (@AlphaProofing)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:18:07Q2. Online editing is as important as print. Either way, people are reading your message and making an assumption about you. #ACESchat
- However, many say there seems to be a bigger tolerance for errors online.
- — Bremner Editing Ctr. (@KUBremner)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:14:37A2: I think that perception is there. It shouldn't matter, but the relative permanence of print probably is a factor. #ACESchat
- — Andy Hollandbeck (@4ndyman)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:15:50A2: People recognize that the web is full of nonprofessional writers, & online content can be fixed, lowering quality expectations #ACESchat
- — Charles Apple (@charlesapple)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:19:41Not being a copy editor myself, I'm very self-conscious about my own typos, now that I'm blogging at ACES. #ACESchat
- Fred Vultee, an ACES board member and professor at Wayne State University, who is the author of ACES-sponsored research on tolerance for errors online said:
- — Fred Vultee (@fredvultee)Tue, Dec 04 2012 13:15:32Q2: Online readers value editing -- they expect different things than print readers sometimes but still don't like errors. #aceschat
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