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Do you correct native speakers on Italki?

Try to picture this:

You decide to help the community correcting some notebook entries, then you notice there is already a correction there.

Situation 1 - The correction is full of mistakes

Situation 2 - Not only is the correction full of mistakes, but also the person gave some wrong grammar explanations, justifying the mistakes they made and teaching them as if they were correct.

Have you ever come across “corrections” like this?

What did you do or what would you do if you did?

Would you correct them? Report them? Downvote them? Ignore? PM the student/corrector?

2018년 4월 2일 오후 1:56
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I think the best option is to give an alternative correction so that the member can see that this answer is at least questionable. If you just leave it then the person will assume it is right. If the recipient is uncertain about the best answer they can at least contact someone they consider a reliable member here to check, if in doubt.
2018년 4월 2일
I usually just add my own correction.  If I really want to explain why someone else is wrong, I send a private message to the person who asked the question.
2018년 4월 2일

Hello, Allie. yogi mate.

I've been correcting more than 300 notebooks in my language, Japanese. When I see a strange correction and don't say anything about it and add my correction quietly. But there are not so many weird corrections in Japanese section. However, I sometimes think the learners want  just grammatical correction or useful natural expressions. It depend on their levels though. And this is off topic, I'm astonished by people don't say "thank you" after correction and post another. Do they dislike the corrections and require better one? There are some weird people I don't understand. :P 

2018년 4월 2일

You shouldn't criticise other people.

Just do your own correction as well as you can. And describe exactly, why you are right

2018년 4월 2일

Allie, this is a problem that's been going on for years on italki. Here are a couple of threads I started on this issue:

There's no obvious answer. If you criticise the member who's making the substandard corrections, they'll just start getting nasty.

There's one particular member who is incapable of writing a coherent sentence in English and yet has 'corrected' thousands of unsuspecting learners' notebook entries. This member introduces their own grammatical errors,  and turns correct English into complete nonsense.  And there's nothing that anyone can do about it.

2018년 4월 2일
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