A "Find and Replace" Blunder and the importance of editing

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Steerpike, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis magnanimus Moderator

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    I do a lot of writing every day. Not the writing I want to do, unfortunately, but I probably end up with between 7K and 10K a day worth of written material. When I have to go through and make global changes to documents, "Find and Replace" is a huge time saver. But as you all know, Find and Replace can make changes you didn't want if you aren't using it carefully (or even if you are). So I go through a printed version and proofread.

    Given how much I use Find and Replace, I found this story particularly funny:

    War and Nookd :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It
     
  2. Graylorne

    Graylorne Shadow Lord

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    Yes, I well remember a few unhappy occasions...

    Now I do Find and Replace only one by one.
     
  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis magnanimus Moderator

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    I do one by one as well, unless I've got a long string so that I know a global find and replace won't screw things up. For example, earlier this week I had to replace the phrase "first shoulder member flange 38" with "first shoulder member flange 39." Something like that you can do globally without much fear of a screw up :)
     
  4. Graylorne

    Graylorne Shadow Lord

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    As long as you don't have independent fingers and a wandering mind...
     
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