I might be too over the top sometimes, but…my biggest pet hate is when I find spelling/ grammar/ punctuation mistakes when reading articles or blog posts by other test professionals. It drives me insane!
Far too often, I have found articles/ blogs full of mistakes. Misuse of punctuation or grammar. Spelling. Sentences that just don’t make sense. I find it really hard to take them serious.
Is it so hard to proof? Or better still, get a colleague to proof?
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m too particular, but are we not experts in quality??
My suggestions on this are:
- Proof your own work (If time is limited…make sure you schedule time, quality should never be optional!)
- Ask a colleague to proof your work (Sometimes, there is no time…ask for help. No one ever got mad at the person who asked for help.)
- Use an online tool (I use a tool called Grammarly. It’s not perfect, but it points out the obvious and gives alternative suggestions.)
User built-in tools (Write up in Word. It will tell you where you are going awry.)
- Ask Google (Never leave something in an article you are not sure about! Ask Google…it hasn’t let me down yet!)
- Take a course (Not everyone is an expert in grammar and punctuation…make yourself one. I am by no means an expert on this stuff, but I like to teach myself new things so that I can inform others when I see a mistake.)
This is not an exhaustive list, but these things alone will help when trying to educate others on our profession in the form of article and blog posts. In my opinion, we are not just testers, we are quality gatekeepers and if it looks like we can’t get our message across in these forms because of mistakes…how can we expect others to respect our profession and take us seriously?
These are only my thoughts and are not meant to offend anyone. I decided to write this to offer an insight into how I feeling and what I’m thinking when reading articles and blog posts on all things testing.