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I think you are overestimating the effort users put into performing spell checks. I would be surprised if any of us browsed the site for no other reason than finding and correcting spelling mistakes. Rather, we read content because we are interested in it and edit spelling mistakes that we happen to find in the process, which hardly costs any time at all. ...


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I do not think that there is a point in discussing this situation as long as it is hypothetical, as the answer depends very much on the specific changes we are talking about. For example, we must consider: Can the changes safely be applied automatically? How confusing are the changes to language learners? How many posts are affected by the changes? A ...


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When editing a post, any spelling of a word that is not conforming to the current spelling rules should be changed to a spelling that is conforming to the current spelling rules. The main reason why we are so keen on spelling at all is to avoid confusing language learners with misspellings. I would not see why the reason for the misspellings (sloppiness, ...


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This is a site about language, so we should be especially respectful towards the decisions that the participants make in regard to their language use. We should only ever make changes to someone else's text if we are confident that the writer agrees that they improve it. Making something comply with accepted use or spelling is not necessarily an improvement.


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We have essentially three aspects here: What is the optimal formatting of that title? First, one (reasonable) formatting paradigm for all titles and posts is advantageous for readability and is something to strive for (though to what extent is debatable, see below). Now, the paradigm according to which these verbs would be capitalised would be one that ...


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Deviations from standard spelling which are consistent and seem intentional should not be changed in an edit. Doing so would be an unnecessarily aggressive act.


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In addition to Wrzlprmft's answer: There are users, who are feeling disturbed by spelling errors - let's call it some mild form of OCD. Why would you disallow them to improve those on their own time, if it (a) makes them feel better, and (b) improves the average quality of the site? For example, I do loads of code reviews and proof-reading at work, and a ...


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When editing we should take care to not only remove a typo but while we're at it to also edit other minor issues we came across. This also includes formatting of a post. Having said that we also have to point out that an editing guide for German Language still waits for community contributions. Typos In your case a user edited an obvious typo from your title ...


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In my opinion, there are better and worse ways to create visibility of both genders/sexes. (Better and worse meant in a stylistic context.) Switch between the usage of a generic masculine and a generic feminine. (Bonus points if the one you’re using is the unexpected one in context.) Absolutely non-disruptive towards the language Write out both ...


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There are no official rules on gender-neutral spelling but some variants do exist. Therefore it is all a matter of personal taste on how to treat this and which variant to choose. In almost all fields of written German those variants are well tolerated (though some are disputed but they are not clearly designated as wrong). The same tolerance should be ...


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We should stick strictly to official German writing rules in our answers. A site about language has to have a clear focus on correct spelling. Of course, free discussions about the idea of political motivated reforms are ok, or questions about conventions in special groups. Or texts, which underline that the used spelling is officially wrong like such ...


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In the past, people corrected my texts even though they where correct on the grounds that this site is primarily meant for educating people. The example was to change Konjunktiv Präteritum to Konjunktiv II; and although I don't like all these I/II terms from German grammar, I accepted it, as the argument is quite convincing. As gender gap is no part of the ...


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