I recently noticed and corrected some typos in a couple of old posts of mine, which reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to ask about:
Do you want to be told about typos in things you post?
I definitely do. If you see a typo in something I post (and the typo isn’t a joke), please let me know! Ideally gently/kindly, with the goal of giving me the opportunity to correct the error.
(Note: When I say “typo” in this context, I mean things like misspellings or misplaced punctuation—things that are very definitely and clearly errors (whether caused by mistyping or not). (Also errors like the one I made in a post yesterday, where I repeatedly referred to an author by the wrong surname.) I’m not talking about stylistic choices, or outdated prescriptivist rules about prepositions, or other stuff that reasonable people might disagree about.)
But I learned a while back that there are people who don’t want to be told about such things; some such people even consider mentions of typos to be attacks, no matter how gently such mentions are phrased.
So I’m curious about what y’all’s preferences are, with the understanding that different people have different preferences.
(I don’t promise to remember your individual preferences, though.)
(Wrote this in September, but didn’t post it at the time; lightly edited and updated it today.)