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    Dear Phoronix,

    Reading some of your articles, I've noticed that you use the word had in many places where it's either clumsy or flat out wrong.

    See two examples, from today and yesterday.

    Great Linux Innovations Of 2008

    As developers voiced concerns over TTM and its complicated API, the Intel team led by Keith Packard had announced GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager.
    had adds absolutely nothing to that sentence. had is only useful there if the sentence began with something like By the time that.

    AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code

    Just hours before the start of FOSDEM 2008 in late February, AMD had released their R500 3D programming documentation.
    Again, it's clumsy at best, and wholly unnecessary.

    I thought I was just going to have two examples, but while looking for one that I specifically remembered, I found some more.

    From the previous article.

    The first revision added in just four pages while the second had detailed their command processor.
    Two weeks after the initial R500 3D documentation release, AMD had released an R300 3D register guide.
    Again, entirely superfluous and annoying to read.

    It looks like three out of every four hads in your articles are not needed. They also make articles annoying to read (Yes, annoying beyond all the flashing adds, self referencing links, terrible bar graphs and multi-page articles.)

    Surely you don't talk like that. Similarly, it doesn't sound good written.
    Last edited by mattst88; 12-30-2008, 12:03 PM.

  • #2
    Uhm, lol

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mattst88 View Post
      Similarly, it doesn't sound good written.

      *cough**cough*

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      • #4
        Originally posted by deanjo
        Originally posted by mattst88
        Similarly, it doesn't sound good written.
        *cough**cough*
        rotflmao!!!

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        • #5
          But it looks good said though. :P

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          • #6
            Sound well.

            Honestly though guys, the purpose of this thread is to improve the quality of the articles. I'm not being a pedantic ass hole here.

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            • #7
              Y4s, you are. But it's OK because we all know you mean well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rbmorse View Post
                Y4s
                *cough**cough*
                No, that's being a pedantic ass hole.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mattst88 View Post
                  No, that's being a pedantic ass hole.
                  No, if you are going to correct on grammar you should be at least using correct grammar yourself. Also your grievance could have been just as easily been handled by a polite PM, instead you chose to grandstand in a public forum thus making yourself open to critique as well.

                  PS: asshole is one word.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    No, if you are going to correct on grammar you should be at least using correct grammar yourself.
                    I think that we could agree on a simple fact: the writer of articles published for profit should be held to a higher standard than the lowly forum member.

                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    Also your grievance could have been just as easily been handled by a polite PM
                    As could each and every thread filed in the Site Discussion forum.

                    You know, the forum where users Provide feedback on features and changes you would like to see.

                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    instead you chose to grandstand in a public forum thus making yourself open to critique as well.
                    I'm sure that you attempted to belittle all others who created relevant threads in this forum?

                    Grandstanding? Really? The purpose of this forum is to provide feedback -- in a public forum.

                    You are right about one thing though. I should have used the private messaging system for this. With a bit of foresight, I would have realized that constructive criticism would degrade into this.

                    So, give yourself a pat on the back for your self-proving comment.

                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    PS: asshole is one word.
                    Webster says it's either.

                    But I guess you would know.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mattst88 View Post
                      I think that we could agree on a simple fact: the writer of articles published for profit should be held to a higher standard than the lowly forum member.
                      Publish for profit? Seriously, Michael isn't in this for the money. On a good month he would break even. If you think you reap in cash from flash ads your sorely mistaken. Michael goes through a lot of hard work maintaining this site not to mention being a major supporter of various other projects. He's basically a one man show.

                      We have all found issues ranging from grammar to spelling to other errors in the articles. To err is human. With the pace of that Michael keeps up with current news it's amazing that there are not more mistakes. The forum is a place for feedback and features you would like to see but taken in context it's referring to the content and not the minor grammatical errors that seem to bother you so much. You even make a point of comparing them to the ads in their "annoyance" factor.

                      Go back and read your last paragraph in your first post and tell me it does not come across as a bashing of the site. Your annoyance only had to be noted once throughout the entire post, it went from starting off as constructive criticism to degrading into a plain old bitch session.

                      BTW you have another spelling mistake in that as well. The word is ads, one d not two.
                      Last edited by deanjo; 12-31-2008, 04:17 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        Publish for profit? Seriously, Michael isn't in this for the money. On a good month he would break even. If you think you reap in cash from flash ads your sorely mistaken. Michael goes through a lot of hard work maintaining this site not to mention being a major supporter of various other projects. He's basically a one man show.
                        I'm not challenging the nobility of the cause.

                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        We have all found issues ranging from grammar to spelling to other errors in the articles. To err is human. With the pace of that Michael keeps up with current news it's amazing that there are not more mistakes.
                        I didn't report each minor error.

                        I reported one that has been repeated as long as I can remember reading the articles. Even again in the latest article:
                        We had run the latest development code ...
                        We ran. Please!

                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        Go back and read your last paragraph in your first post and tell me it does not come across as a bashing of the site. Your annoyance only had to be noted once throughout the entire post, it went from starting off as constructive criticism to degrading into a plain old bitch session.
                        I read one sentence that could be considered negative.

                        I hope no feelings were hurt.

                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        BTW you have another spelling mistake in that as well. The word is ads, one d not two.
                        A simple typo.

                        If I make the mistake continuously, please let me know. I'll appreciate it.

                        Otherwise, attempting to find errors in previous posts to belittle me only makes you a pest.

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                        • #13
                          But you could had emailed him the corrections.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                            But you could had emailed him the corrections.
                            hehe. I bet this was an honest typo, but in the context, it's golden.

                            Seriously though, I've addressed this. See my last post on the first page for a response.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mattst88 View Post
                              (Yes, annoying beyond all the flashing adds, self referencing links, terrible bar graphs and multi-page articles.)
                              I hate multi-page articles. And so does Wind Li.

                              Also, internal links should be a different colour than external one, ala wikipedia. That'd help alot.

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