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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:57 AM
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The table should be named Contact, not Contacts. (IMO) That's another can o' worms.


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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:25 AM
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Another great place to practice writing is on a wiki. Our internal wiki documents our processes and I find it helpful for getting my writing good enough for someone else to follow the procedures.

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GilaMonster (1/21/2014)
I would consider myself a reasonably competent writer, English is my first language and I've been writing for years. I still, when I submit something for review, get it back with comments on punctuation (I tend to abuse commas) and phrasings, the occasional incorrect word and the odd spelling mistake. That's even with Word's spelling and grammar checks on. Perfect writing, without an editor, is hard. Damn hard.

If anyone doesn't believe me, write up a short article and ask someone to edit it for you.


I think this is a critical key. Write something, practice writing more and more. And after you have written something - have a friend, colleague, co-worker, somebody edit what you have written. The editing is a huge part of the learning process and it can shed some light on how the article will be received.




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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:30 PM
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The first point I want to make is that I am amazed at the number of contributors to SSC and Simple Talk that are not only technically brilliant but also have wonderful writing skills (or great editors :) ). Fabulous combo (I could read Phil F's stuff all day).

Next, just a couple of pointers that serve me well.

1) Never enter the name of the email recipients (in "To" or "CC") until you've proof read your message for content, tone, and grammar. Much like using a safety on a firearm.

2) Resist the urge to compose your message/article/post directly into a forum post but rather use a professional tool like Word and paste after editing it there. You will likely produce a finer response.
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Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:55 PM
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this article made me laugh. there is rarely a day where you do not have some sort of grammatical mistake etc. there's even one here...

..."and possibly impress someone else that could offer you a job. " 'that' should be 'who', as it is a person not a thing...
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Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:40 PM
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steve.neumann (1/22/2014)
this article made me laugh. there is rarely a day where you do not have some sort of grammatical mistake etc. there's even one here...

..."and possibly impress someone else that could offer you a job. " 'that' should be 'who', as it is a person not a thing...


I know Steve prides himself on constant improvement. I have seen some minor typos, but nothing that prevented me from understanding his point. If even 10% of the population put in as much effort at self improvement as he does, the world would be a far better place.

What I can't stand is those individuals who make no attempt to write properly, or who obviously have no ability to communicate, but they get offended when someone questions the meaning of their writing.


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steve.neumann (1/22/2014)
this article made me laugh. there is rarely a day where you do not have some sort of grammatical mistake etc. there's even one here...

..."and possibly impress someone else that could offer you a job. " 'that' should be 'who', as it is a person not a thing...


I've corrected that typo, and hope I won't make it again.

If I make mistakes most days, then I'd like to hear about it, though I'd prefer the common courtesy of sending me a note rather than ridiculing me here.







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steve.neumann (1/22/2014)
this article made me laugh. there is rarely a day where you do not have some sort of grammatical mistake etc. there's even one here...

..."and possibly impress someone else that could offer you a job. " 'that' should be 'who', as it is a person not a thing...


It's so much easier to pick on other's mistakes, isn't it...

Seriously, for those mocking Steve's mistakes or any other writer's mistakes, try to write a a article every day, or even every week, send it to someone else and see how many mistakes (grammar, spelling and punctuation) they pick up.



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this article made me laugh. there is rarely a day where you do not have some sort of grammatical mistake etc. there's even one here...

..."and possibly impress someone else that could offer you a job. " 'that' should be 'who', as it is a person not a thing...


I know Steve prides himself on constant improvement. I have seen some minor typos, but nothing that prevented me from understanding his point. If even 10% of the population put in as much effort at self improvement as he does, the world would be a far better place.

What I can't stand is those individuals who make no attempt to write properly, or who obviously have no ability to communicate, but they get offended when someone questions the meaning of their writing.


Agreed. I don't want to ridicule peoples' writing nor do I want mine ridiculed, however, there are those who could make a bit of effort and gain so much more from it e.g. I have noticed that I am more positive with regards to a request for help posted on a forum where the writer has made a bit of effort to ensure that the reader can understand what they are asking.

PS Steve, in my opinion, your writing has improved since you started this website. Not that it was bad in the first place. I think that we all gain from the effort you have put in. Cheers!!!


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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (1/22/2014)
If I make mistakes most days, then I'd like to hear about it, though I'd prefer the common courtesy of sending me a note rather than ridiculing me here.

A suggested lesson for any site, not just SSC.

I have more than once taken the time to do a quick cut and paste into an e-mail-- the suggested change. Typed the recipient's email and hit send.

Remember: "Praise in Public, Correct in Private"





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