Time warped

When you create a feature for your website, you really need to decide how you’re going to refer to it. Don’t make the mistake that the editors at Yahoo! Style did. They can’t seem to agree on the spelling of this feature:


Is it news to you?

Did the writers and editors at yahoo.com overlook the fact that someday they might have to write about New York City and that they might want to abbreviate the city’s name? Yup. I know that because they can’t agree on how to do it. Somebody thought it needed periods:

fp nyc p

and somebody else thought, uh, no. No periods:

fp nyc no p

That’s kinda embarrassing. Or at least it would be embarrassing to a real news outlet that carried about things like consistency and that had and followed a style guide.

Stuck on stupid

Sometimes I think the editors at yahoo.com are just stuck on stupid. They keep repeating the same mistakes. A few days ago, they couldn’t agree on how to refer to a Mexican drug lord. And today, they’re faced with the same issue. Is his name simply El Chapo?

fp el chapo no quo

Or is it Chapo and does it require quotation marks?

fp chapo quo

I’m thinkin’ that maybe the editors don’t know that they’re in disagreement because even they don’t read yahoo.com.

Pick one

Displaying once again that the people who write for yahoo.com have no means to communicate with each other, someone decides that a drug lord’s nickname needs to be in quotation marks:

fp el chapo w

while a colleague decides the punctuation is unnecessary:

fp el chapo no

It doesn’t matter which one the writers and editors chose. They should just pick one style and go with it. But first, they need to establish a way to communicate their decision. I hear there are communication methods like telephone, email, instant messenger, and tin cans connected by a string. One of those might work.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

There seems to be some confusion on yahoo.com about an interest hike. Or maybe there are interest rate hikes. And who’s responsible? It’s either the Fed or the fed. Whatever:

fp fed hike

Do you work for the same company?

It’s hard to believe that the people who write or edit yahoo.com ever communicate with each other or refer to any authority, standard, or style guide. It’s also hard to believe they even work in the same country. Most Americans know that when you refer to the House of Representatives as the House, you need to capitalize it:

fp house lc

At least that writer didn’t capitalize speaker because it doesn’t precede the speaker’s name.

Well, it looks like someone at yahoo.com knows to capitalize House. But the capitalization of Speaker? That’s wrong.

fp speaker uc 2

Don’t drink too much champagne. Or Champagne. Whatever

Perhaps the editors at yahoo.com have been hitting the bubbly a little early. Imagine them giggling as they write about champagne:

fp champagne lc

and then fumbling around the keyboard to write about Champagne alternatives:

fp champagne ic

Once again these folks show an inability to decide on a single spelling for a word. But this time, maybe they’ll blame on an early New Year’s celebration.

Do they work for the same company?

In a headline on yahoo.com, the editors choose to use a capital letter and quotation marks around the affluenza, because why not?

fp aff 2

Here’s why not: Somebody else, who may or may not work for Yahoo!, decided that this was the correct way to treat the teen and his nonexistent mental condition:

fp aff 1

Do those editors work for the same company? Do they have any way to communicate with each other (like maybe Instant Messenger, email, phone, or two tin cans connected by string) to avoid this embarrassment?

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

I don’t know if “NFL Awards Watch” is a proper noun or not. And neither do the editors at yahoo.com, so they treat it as both a proper and a common noun:

fp awards watch uc lc

Was it all the Christmas excitement?

In all the excitement surrounding Christmas, the folks at yahoo.com forgot to consult each other about the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. Does it require quotation marks, as if it weren’t the real name of the mischievous doll?

fp elf quo

Certainly not! You wouldn’t put air quotes around Barbie or Ken, would you? That might be the thinking that the editor  who wrote this went through:

fp elf

Couldn’t those folks talk to each other and figure out how this Internet giant would write about the subject? Nah. That would require that they care about the quality of writing on their site.

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