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    Can you please post all mistakes – grammatical or factual – you find in our news articles here? It will be great if you can post:

    • Article Link
    • Mistake description & paragraph number


    We would also like to minimize discussions in this thread to make it easier to fix mistakes and track new posts, so please ONLY post article mistakes here (hence no follow on comments).
    Last edited by rpm; 03-09-2009 at 06:53 PM.

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    Grammatical error:

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Telecoms/5391.html
    First paragraph - third line

    MINISTER of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri's last-minute decision to appeal the positive Altech ruling means regulator Icasa has again been forced to put its value added network service (Vans) licensing process on hold. That came in the same week some Vans were due to take possession of their shiny new licences - entitling them to build their own networks - following Icasa's decision not to appeal the ruling.
    A common error made by some journalists involves the changing of tense midway through a sentence. Although this example is midway through a paragraph, the sentence in question refers to the previous sentence which is written in the present tense. The third line refers to the previous sentence in the past tense. This is a little anal and somewhat borderline I will admit, but is in my humble opinion, grammatically incorrect. I might be wrong though...

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    Grammatical error:

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Internet/5385.html
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    Last week Ispa launched its first hall of shame report that lists the top five South Africa spammers.
    This should read "South African spammers" as the article implies these are local spammers and not necessarily about all spam received within South African borders. If not, then the article in its entirety is ambiguous...

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    Grammatical error:

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Wireless/5380.html
    Paragraph 1

    The competitive wireless broadband space has seen many players battling it out for market share, forcing prices down and encouraging higher download and upload speed.
    In my opinion the word speed should be used in its plural form as it relates to both upload and download.

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    Grammatical error:

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Wireless/5380.html
    2nd last paragraph

    The latest deal comes from iBurst where the wireless broadband provider is throwing in four-months’ free HSDPA 3.6 access – priced at R49 per month – free of charge with every HSDPA contract.
    Hyphen abuse. Although as far as I know, there are no universally accepted rules regarding when a hyphen is and isn't appropriate, it isn't required nor appropriate within the context of this sentence...

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    Grammatical error:

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Cellular/5381.html
    Paragraph 7

    Least likely to agree were respondents from the UAE, at 47%, and Egypt, where 48% said mobile phones should be barred on planes.
    "47%" should be followed b a semi-colon and not a comma...

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    Hi DJK

    Thanks for the feedback. Corrected the spammer problem - the rest mostly come from syndicated sources and I would be hesitant to change it except with a blunt error. It will be good to focus mainly on articles written by MyBroadband, unless there is an obvious error in a syndicated article.

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    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Wireless/5387.html
    South African broadband operator iBurst is hoping to add to the recent national accolade count after being named a Finalist in the 2008 World Communication Awards to be held at the London Hilton on Wednesday, 26 November 2008.
    Should be "its"? And what is its "recent accolade count"?
    Last edited by arf9999; 30-09-2008 at 07:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arf9999 View Post
    Should be "its"? And what is its "recent accolade count"?
    Corrected - thanks for the post.

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    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Cellular/5412.html

    Knott-Craig was highly regarding in the cellular industry, receiving international accolades including being inducted as one of the eight Gold Members of the GSM Association’s 2001 inaugural "Roll of Honor".
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    Quote Originally Posted by milano View Post
    Thanks for this - fixed Early bird catches the worm

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    Factual error in http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Wireless/5372.html in the first paragraph of the article:

    "The inherent value-add in the wireless local area networking and communication standard, 802.11n, continues to attract the interest of business and is taking root in the market at a much faster rate than what was initially projected."

    From wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11n:
    - "IEEE 802.11n is a proposed amendment to the IEEE 802.11-2007 wireless networking standard to significantly improve network throughput over previous standards, such as 802.11b and 802.11g.." - my emphasis
    - "802.11n is expected to be finalized in November 2009,[2] although many "Draft N" products are already available."

    At "paragraph" 4 (how can one sentence be a paragraph?!):
    "For example, in the case of a 54mb product, one can really get close to running at 54mb on a 802.11n router or access point, specifically because of the way this solution works from a technical point of view." ...exactly as I predicted: milli-bit?! Yet he gets it right in the next paragraph with 300Mbps: basically, the article needs (technical) consistency.

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    Biostar TF8200 A2+ review article at http://mybroadband.co.za/techreviews/Hardware/105.html needs cleaning up:

    Para.1 (1st non-Italics): "NVIDIA 8200-powered motherboards are not new to the local market, but very few are of the calibre the Biostar TF8200 A2+ is. More often than not, the 8200 chipset powers microATX motherboards, which are perfect for HTPCs and office use. \" That / at the end there has to go.

    Para.3: "The number of performance-boosting options in the BIOS and in the included software is surprisingly comprehensive for this type of motherboard, especially at this price. The board not only sports= LEDs that light up to show you any errors during boot-up, but it also has a power and reset button on the motherboard for DIY specialists." Similarly, that = shouldn't be there.

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    OKI C5950 review at http://mybroadband.co.za/techreviews/Hardware/106.html errata:

    Para.2, last sentence reads: "And this is before you take into account the more generic administrative jobs involved in the daytoday running of a company." - obvious missing spaces between the words.

    Para.3, first sentence: "Due to the specialised nature of our line of work, we need particularly highfidelity reproduction of digital material." - same again there.

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    Hi bdt

    Thanks for the great feedback - both articles corrected!

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