Hi admins! I really appreciate your hard work sorting through and making all these confession images! I do have a suggestion though, when you edit the original confession and rearrange parts of a sentence, it sometimes changes the tone of it, and may not match OP’s original intention when you read their ask. As well, I’ve noticed you guys have begun to separate contractions, which TBH does read out more unnatural. These are OFC just my personal observations. Thank you again for your work!
Hi anon, thanks for sending this in. I apologize if this response ends up sounding flippant or a long and elaborate way of saying, “Thanks, but I’m just going to do what I want.” I promise that’s not my intent! I really do appreciate the suggestions, and I’ll be more mindful about the one that applies to me. But since I’m probably not going to make any major changes to my editing process or ask my fellow admin to do so, I feel like I should explain why.
I’ll fully admit that I often rearrange sentences. I try my best to keep what I think is OP’s original intent, but sometimes I go into automatic “English teacher mode.” However, this is because my main goal in correcting an opinion’s grammar is making it easy to understand for people who don’t speak English as a first language. So, this often results in me shifting around what I think are clauses with equal emphasis in order to organize the opinion and make it clearer. While that can result in some slight tone changes, I would argue that’s more of a nuance and up to subjective interpretation. This is part of why we include OP’s original text – if we are wrong (and it can happen), OP’s text shows their original thoughts and tone.
***That being said, if anyone reading this ever submits an opinion and thinks that our edit alters your original meaning, feel free to send us a fanmail about it. Or if you get notifications and know I specifically made the post, you can send me an ask/private message to my personal Tumblr. I’d be happy to talk and make the needed changes.
As for the separating contractions thing… I get it, but I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal. The admin who does it usually edits the opinions she gets into more formal English, and that’s her stylistic choice. All the admins are busy people (I’m still technically on hiatus for at least another week), and I’m not going make her re-edit opinions because she wrote “do not” instead of “don’t.”
I just wanted to add one more thing for all of our followers whose native language isn’t English: if we edit your opinion a lot, please don’t think it means you’re bad at English! Learning another language is hard – English especially – and we’re not trying to shame anyone or make them feel bad about their grammar. Even fluent speakers make mistakes all the time (myself included). We’re really just trying to make things as clear as possible for everyone, and it has nothing to do with us judging your level or ability!