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What’s a “sie”?

Seriously NYT? I guess it’s hard to type “site” three times in two sentences.

The site created a stir among world governments, who have denounced the site’s actions, and it was booted by its domain name service provider EveryDNS. Assange and the sie also had their accounts suspended

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So my writing is rarely proof read and is likely full of errors. However I should think there would be a way to write a script that would parse web pages checking for errors.

Heck maybe even a HTML scrapper that took the generated content and ran it through spell check. Sure you’d have to do it for every conceivable browser/OS combo out there, but I would think there is a way to get to 95% or 97% coverage.

See the example below.

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Not that I can pretend I’m perfect, nor am I a ‘grammar nazi’. However nothing says ‘unprofessional work done in a hurry’ than egregious spelling errors.

The majority of the time I see these errors on major news websites. This isn’t the focus of my writing but I need a forum for expressing my frustration.

Sometimes it’s not the fault of the content creator, but of the CMS used on the website.

My first example, on the main page of this major news organization’s website is an excerpt of the article

Virginia man who threatened creators of ‘South Park’ and tried to terror group faces up to 30 years in prison

So is it that he is tied to terror groups, or that he was tried for being in a terror group?

Follow the link and the description is better

A college dropout and Muslim convert who threatened the creators of the “South Park” cartoon series and then tried to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia is facing a prison term of up to 30 years.

Ohhh.. he tried to JOIN a terror group, yea that totally makes sense now.

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