User talk:Chris the speller

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Hi, I notice you use AWB a lot and I am trying to but operating system issues. Think you could fix "backround" to "background" and "aicarft" to "aircraft" automatically as the phrases come up? Full list of Commonly misspelled English words.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 19:41, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

@PlanespotterA320: I only found 4 of "backround" and none of "aicarft". If you found and fixed several dozen of these, then it would be good to add rules for these at WP:AWB/T, but for just a handful it's more efficient to just hammer them out manually. You can make suggestions on its talk page. Happy editing! Chris the speller yack 23:23, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Would like your opinion on move request[edit]

Care to weigh in on Thanks! Holy (talk) 17:25, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

UK professors[edit]

Hi Chris! Thanks for correcting things such as "Senior Research Fellow". One issue though: in the UK "professor" is not a job description but a title of distinction. So, for example, Professor of Classics is correct (rather than professor of classics) as it is a tile rather than an office as per MOS:JOBTITLES. Hope this makes sense. Thanks, Gaia Octavia Agrippa Talk 21:13, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

@Gaia Octavia Agrippa: I don't think MOS:JOBTITLES supports slicing the bologna that thinly. For example, in the Eleanor Dickey article, "Since 2013, she has been Professor of Classics at the University of Reading in England." it should be changed to lower case because it reads like she is holding down that job. If she retired, would the university not do a job search for another person to fill the job of professor of classics? This is sort of parallel to the handling of military ranks, where "regimental commander" is a job, while "colonel" is a rank/title of a person who might hold the regimental commander job or might do something else; "colonel" is a title of distinction, but is not capitalized. I have, of course, noticed that in the UK there is a lot of la-de-da capitalization going on, but Wikipedia sets its own style. Surely you are not proposing that WP use upper case for British professors of classics but lower case for American professors of classics? Perhaps you should bring this up on the talk page for MOS:JOBTITLES. Chris the speller yack 22:02, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
"Surely you are not proposing that WP use upper case for British professors of classics but lower case for American professors of classics?" That's exactly what I am saying: it is a case of British vs American English. Articles about British academia should use British English and therefore capitalise when professor is a title: the lack of capitalisation and the definition of professor as a job (rather than academic or lecturer) is American English and would therefore be incorrect. The job a university would advertise for would be a lecturer at various ranks; the highest of which would awarded the title Professor of X. On a side note, we don't have Bologna sausage in the UK: it required a google as to why you would be slicing up a city! Gaia Octavia Agrippa Talk 22:15, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
I see you're still "correcting" Professor of X on British English articles. Could you please stop and continue our discussion. Gaia Octavia Agrippa Talk 13:10, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
As it seems unlikely that I will come to agree with you on this matter, I have started a discussion on the talk page for MOS:JOBTITLES. If a consensus of editors changes the MOS to specify upper case for "Professor of X" in articles about British Academia then I will stop changing them to lower case. Talking about it here will not be productive. Chris the speller yack 01:24, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

Fellow of a professional organisation[edit]

Fellow of a professional organisation is not a job, nor it is a job title. I'm wondering why are you changing it to "fellow"? Thanks in advance, Pdfpdf (talk) 05:23, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

Because "fellow" is a common noun. Check a good dictionary; is a good one. Chris the speller yack 13:15, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. "Fellow of a professional association" is not a common noun. Those elected FRS are Fellow of the Royal Society, not fellow of the Royal Society. (And yes, when used as a common noun, fellow is a common noun, but "Fellow of a professional association" is not a common noun.) Pdfpdf (talk) 15:45, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
(BTW: It's past midnight here - I'm unlikely to read your reply in the next 8 hours. Pdfpdf (talk) 15:52, 11 May 2018 (UTC))
May I add to this discussion the question why you are changing "Fellow" to "fellow" in the case of those elected FBA? This puzzled me when I saw it the other day. Those elected FBA are Fellow of the British Academy, not fellow of the British Academy. The reason is the same as that succinctly stated at the generic level above by Pdfpdf. Flosfa (talk) 01:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
I just did a quick search for "elected fellow of the royal society" and "elected fellow of the british academy" and in virtually all cases we find "Fellow", which seems to explain my puzzlement at your changes. In any event, as a matter of proceedings, I would suggest that you first change capitalization on the pages of the relevant societies, and if that is accepted by the Wiki community, move from there to the pages of individuals. The present incongruity between the pages of the societies and the pages of the individuals is undesirable, as is the incongruity among the pages of individuals. It also seems correct to me what Gaia Octavia Agrippa says in the section on professors: "Articles about British academia should use British English," and it does seem to be the case that British English capitalizes "Fellow" in the case of national academies. Flosfa (talk) 01:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
It wasn't obvious when you posted that, but the discussion has moved to WT:MOSCAPS. BTW, thanks for suggesting that I boldly change the pages of the societies. I have been thinking about that. Chris the speller yack 04:12, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

Australian English[edit]

Please look at all of the page edit history. Well before you posted on my talk page I self-reverted.
Could you please refrain from applying American English grammar rules to pages written in Australian English? There must be hundreds of thousands of pages written in American English that would benefit from your attention without you needing to edit pages written in Australian English. Pdfpdf (talk) 04:49, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

I replied on your talk page. Please stop the hostilities. Chris the speller yack 13:58, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
I'm puzzled. What hostilities? Just because I disagree with you does not mean I'm being hostile. Please see my talk page. Pdfpdf (talk) 08:19, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Done. Chris the speller yack 13:58, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

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