Plumb crazy!

Those wacky editors at Yahoo! Answers can be so helpful. When they feature a question that contains an error or two, they clean it up, saving the writer public embarrassment. So, before featuring this question as a “Best of Answers,” the editors noticed a homophonic error:

And they corrected it! Well, they corrected one error and left the funnier one for your enjoyment!

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2 Responses to “Plumb crazy!”

  1. Melissa Says:

    As an FYI, the the Answers editorial tool doesn’t allow editors on Y! Answers to edit users typos when featuring content. They can edit it on the front end (as they did) but not the user’s actual answer as that would be modifying UGC.

    That’s why you still saw the error—this wasn’t a mistake on the editor’s behalf, but actually, a technical limitation. The original mistake rests with the user, but not with the editor. Give them a break—they knew their stuff—the user didn’t.

  2. Laura Says:

    Melissa, thanks for trying to clarify this for me. Unfortunately, I’m still confused. It looks like the user’s question was edited. It appears to me that someone changed “bare” to “bear,” but failed to change “plumb” to the correct “plum.” I have no idea what the “user’s actual answer” has to do with this issue.


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