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Auto Incorrect

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the slip-of-the-finger dept.

Cellphones 86

theodp writes "Combine smartphone auto correction and fat-fingered virtual keyboard typing, writes Rob Walker, and the results can be hilarious and even shocking. The website Damn You, Autocorrect collects the awesomely embarrassing text messages that you never meant to send. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to masturbate some chicken for bisexuals night!"

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Filters... (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921272)

...have led to some clbuttic mistakes.

News... (2)

amazeofdeath (1102843) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921300)

It took only two and a half months for this to get on /., it's yesterday's news tomorrow, as usual.

Re:News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34922638)

It's Slashdot2010.

Re:News... (1)

furbearntrout (1036146) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924654)

It was mentioned just now in the latest Dork Tower.

Re:News... (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925068)

It took only two and a half months for this to get on /., it's yesterday's news tomorrow, as usual.

Is it really all that important that some bitch-fest about texting idiosyncrasies makes it to Slashdot the very instant it is published?

I know we're in the social revolution and are all living at the speed of Twitter, or whatever, but really, is that the sort of "news" that loses its awesome impact after a few weeks?

If it makes you feel any better, it seems the story was posted five days after the NYT article came out.

I'm crying!!! (3, Informative)

IronWilliamCash (1078065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921344)

Wow, this site is great, don't think I've cried this much laughing since bash.org!

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

enderjsv (1128541) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921408)

Can you post some good examples? I'm stuck behind a proxy at work and could use a good laugh.

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921574)

One I found: -- Just got back from the house. ++ good, did u pick up the fags and the Jews? ++ *i mean fags and keys, ++ **i mean bags and Jews ++ FML. I meant BAGS and KEYS. -- LOL, yeah I the keys and bags, I picked up some Jews too.

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921652)

My favorite so far is the one where it autocorrected "Maid of Honor" to "Maid of gonorrhea"

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924900)

Years ago I worked for a department which managed the displayed on electronic road signs. Management decided to display road safety slogans during idle time and sent through a list. The person who audited the list used a word processor with spell check. One message said Freeway emergency telephones are there for your connivance and safety. Fortunately the guy who loaded the messages into the sign control software picked up the mistake and changed "connivance" to "convenience".

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

OKCommuter (1979362) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925334)

Quite a few years back I was using Microsoft Word 2000 to type a job performance review document. I typed in the phrase 'See below job description' but omitted the space between below and job. It's suggested correction? 'See blowjob description'. I notice this suggestion is not made in later versions.

Re:I'm crying!!! (2)

csatlosi (1891262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921840)

One of my favourites: ---I just figured out how to use cock slap on my iphone (kinda feel dumb) ----Ummmmm. What?----- HOLY SHIT! I mean: CAPSLOCK (kinda feel realy dumb now)

Re:I'm crying!!! (1)

pinkushun (1467193) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926384)

They're hit and miss, bash.org is still way funnier, not missing too much. There's no text, just screen shots :p

- it's freakin loud
- I wanna put a dick in his mouth
- Ohhh hahahaha sock
-Damn auto correct lmao
= Haha

*blinks*

Zzzzz (2)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921352)

Welcome to last year, /.

Picture (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921362)

As a side note, who designed the horrible buttons on the cellphone in the picture? It looks like an alarm clock out of the 1970s or something.

Re:Picture (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921470)

I would say Nokia but I'm already in like, 5 Nokia versus the world flamewars in other threads.

Re:Picture (1)

Soft Cosmic Rusk (1211950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921732)

It's a Nokia N82, and the keys are actually not half bad - they are much better for fat fingers than most cellphone keyboards.

Re:Picture (1)

Enigma23 (460910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34927872)

It's a Nokia. That's pretty tame by Nokia standards; some of their keypad designs have been somewhat Avant Garde over the years...

Tried to mistype both, (1)

enterix (5252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921388)

... and whatever i tried it did not auto-corrected to those words in screenshots... pretty sure those were fake... but still funny.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921440)

Well, at least "bisex" and "board" are all adjacent letters in a qwerty keyboard, so you cannot deny that it's possible.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

enterix (5252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921502)

Possible, but don't blame auto-correct for your hungry desires...

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921980)

Totally agree that some are fake and some are typos, but there is some comedy gold in there, regardless. Check out the 'best-of-dyac' button.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

wgoodman (1109297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922236)

At least with iOS, it depends on your software version. For some reason my phone tries to correct mmmmmmmm to Klingon, budwieser to videotext and several other batshit crazy corrections, My friend's phone with a different version has different quirks.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923498)

it corrected something that I typed to "Schevardnadze" once. I was more than a little intoxicated at the time and can't remember what the typo it corrected to that was. But I remember texting a friend who also had an iPhone to see if it did it on theirs too. It did.

I am quite confident I will never need to text someone Schevardnadze...although my phone has my back on the spelling if I do.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

MyGirlFriendsBroken (599031) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925086)

I think it depends on what words you use as well, my iPhone now auto corrects all kinds of words which aren't in the dictionary, such as the name of my employer, our products and the village I live in. It might be getting these from things like the address book of course so I don't know for sure.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (2)

silentbrad (1488951) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925736)

If you cancel the autocorrect two or three times, it adds the word to its dictionary. I had to do it for a bunch of words because iOS doesn't offer a Canadian English autocorrect dictionary. Of course, if you spell something terribly wrong and cancel the correction, it'll up an decide that it only needs you to do it once.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (2)

thisisntme (1617485) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922146)

I think the autocorrect learns from what you type, so they may still be genuine, although I don't doubt many are fake.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

tkprit (8581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923348)

my autocorrect saves and eventually gives better suggestions; I've actually found it useful. It's getting better imo :)

Re:Tried to mistype both, (2)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923668)

which would have unfortunate implications for people who typed "masturbate" and "bisexual" etc, if the phone is picking the more frequently used possibility.

Re:Tried to mistype both, (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924206)

This feature may be contributing to the problem. If you mostly text crude jokes to your mates, you better proofread carefully next time you text your boss to say you'll be late for work, or you might not have a job by the time you get there.

IDLE IS PANTS! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34921578)

Fuck off already tards!

Gabriel Iglesias has a story about this. (1)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921610)

Gabriel Iglesias does an entire stand-up routine about how his iPhone auto-corrected his confession to his wife (about being out drinking) and "lied for him" by changing it to something more innocuous:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GZYNP3CZOw [youtube.com]

Short version: it changed it from "Cina Bar" to "Cinnabon".

Apostophes and smart quotes (slightly offtopic) (1)

LambdaWolf (1561517) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921628)

This isn't specific to smartphones, but my least favorite thing about autocorrect is how it's obliterated everyone's ability to put a proper apostophe at the beginning of a word. When an apostrophe shows omitted letters at the beginning of a word, as in 'cause (short for because) or a year shortened to two digits, it's supposed to be a regular apostrophe that (if it isn't just vertically straight, like the ASCII character) looks like a closing single quotation mark. You know, ’. But because Microsoft Word—and, probably because of Microsoft's example, every other damned word processor, including Open/LibreOffice—automatically renders any stroke of the apostrophe key at the beginning of a word as an opening single quotation mark (‘), that's how everything ends up typed, even when the character isn't supposed to be a quotation mark at all.

I admit that there's no elegant way for software to orient those characters correctly every time without bothering the user, but at least professional typographers should know better, and I keep seeing cases where they don't! People must already be assuming that the mark is supposed to get turned around whenever it's at the front of a word, whether it's supposed to be a quotation mark or an apostrophe, because that's how my computer does it and, hey, it can't be wrong. I fear that the correct usage is either going to get hopelessly obscured or (shudder) superseded by some "widely accepted usage" thing.

Re:Apostophes and smart quotes (slightly offtopic) (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922176)

You can turn off Smart Quotes in Word.

Re:Apostophes and smart quotes (slightly offtopic) (1)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923700)

widely accepted usage = evolution.

do you also lament the loss of the word "gay"?

already uppercase usage has disappeared except in formal situations.

and words are being conjoined all the time - upper case -> upper-case -> uppercase

Re:Apostophes and smart quotes (slightly offtopic) (1)

eyrieowl (881195) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923850)

It is meet that thou dost fear this bastardization of Couth Speech. I would that there be no turning to the Right nor to the Left in our honest pursuit of Gude Englishe. It is Most Unseemly that tittle hath passed to dot, and I wot that thou has judged true, that current Forms and Proper Usages for the Setting of Type shall soon pass away. It is a most lamentable state of affairs, second only unto the Deplorable disinclination towards Proper Capitalisation where it is most Called For. All of these Offences do but appear as shadows before the Principle Sin, however: the demise of Proper Spelling. Woe betide us all!

Re:Apostophes and smart quotes (slightly offtopic) (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 3 years ago | (#34927128)

I think this is more an issue of writing being too hard for the majority of people to do correctly. Like the comma, apostrophes are misused often. I think you are probably right that because the computer corrects something people assume it must be right, but that is a problem of ignorance rather than an issue with the software.

The question then is are people too poorly educated or is writing too complex. I suspect most /. contributors feel that quality of writing is important and says a lot about the writer, and perhaps also the haste with which they write their posts. I wonder if programmers are more inclined to write correctly, knowing that in software there are usually several ways to solve a problem and that one of them represents the best way. On the other hand most people just see writing as a way to communicate or store information I think, and as long as it is understandable then why waste too much time nit-picking.

Where do you draw the line? There is a shop near me with a sign that says "Tanning Center"... Does it matter if they used US spelling when the meaning is quite clear? I'd say it does but that's, just, like, my opinion, man. Incorrect language can be used to great effect some times too.

I sm interested in promoting my site (3, Funny)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921644)

/. How can I contact your advertising department to get a sponsored pidt like this one?

Re:I sm interested in promoting my site (1)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921680)

how ironic. That should say "am" but I am on my phone using swype.

Re:I sm interested in promoting my site (1)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923870)

Swype didn't autocorrect "sm" to "am"? That one seems like a no brainer - the only other reasonable word it could be is "em", and aside from web designers and people who like to spell letters, it has a low probability of being anything other than "am". Personally, I was more amused by "pidt", but that's primarily because I didn't immediately auto-correct it in my head; it took a sec.

Speaking of auto-correcting in one's head, am I the only one who still, on occasion, reads the word "of" in a text message as "me" (regardless of context)? If I am, I guess I can thank T9 for breaking my brain.

Re:I sm interested in promoting my site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924482)

What about "size sm".

Re:I sm interested in promoting my site (1)

Hoolang (1946568) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925052)

I Love dopod and Apple ^_^ LED Tube lights [hbledlight.com]

Not a new problem (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921654)

This is not new. In the mid 90's I sent a message to a "Lisa Brennan". Microsoft Word recommended "Pregnant" in place of "Brennan", and in my haste to fix all the spelling errors and get it out, I didn't proof-read the result sufficiently. Fortunately, Lisa was understanding after being shown how Word works (or doesn't work), but it could have meant my job if circumstances were a little different.

Re:Not a new problem (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921826)

In the 90s, I worked with a woman whose last name was Jane 'Ericson' (first name is faked, last name is real). Being somewhat conservative, she was horrified when someone pointed out that MS Word had auto corrected her 'signature' to read Jane Erection.

Re:Not a new problem (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924142)

Well, at least her first name wasn't Hugh.

Re:Not a new problem (1)

unitron (5733) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942614)

Think how her brother Hugh feels.

Re:Not a new problem (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922174)

Was she fat or something?

Re:Not a new problem (1)

LMacG (118321) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926684)

Back in the early 90's I worked with Unisys desktop systems (oh BTOS, how I miss thee). The suggested correction for "Unisys" was "anuses." We filed a problem report, and the official response was "works as designed."

the missing link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34921684)

My friend's site iPhuckups.tumblr.com is hinted at in the article. It came first, but had such an 'unprintable' name they glossed over it. Shame, really.

Some news is timeless . . . (1)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921802)

. . . however, not this.

Just illiteracy (0)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921804)

They're quick to blame the auto-correct, but the fact is that it wouldn't be triggered most of the time if people could just learn to spell words correctly and avoid texting-speak. Rather than own up to their own incompetence, they'd rather blame the tools. If only it would embarrass them into actually learning to spell instead of teaching the machine to accept their idiosyncratic errors. (E.g. Brian Tong of CNET's Apple Byte repeatedly tried to type the idiosyncratic "kewl" instead of "cool" and it assumed he meant to hit "P" instead of "L" to spell "kewpie". If he hadn't tried to be cool by spelling it "kewl" it wouldn't have been a problem and not wasted so many takes. The mother who kept a fresh pack of gum in her "puss" probably was writing "purs" or "puse" instead of "purse".)

Perhaps the devices should have a one-touch resend-exactly-what-I-typed button. Then it would illuminate their exact failings and maybe they'd learn not to make the same mistakes. Instead the devices learn from their overrides of its suggestions and will learn to spell just as poorly as they do.

(Many of those errors are simply due to hitting the wrong vowel in the UIO cluster and other adjacent-key errors and it is just sending what they typed, no auto-correction applied. But they're still quick to blame it to save face.)

Re:Just illiteracy (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921982)

OR they could read what they've typed before hitting SEND

but I'm chronically guilty of that myself, but it tends to be when I somehow futz up the last word or two in the sentence and my reading hasn't quite caught up with the end of the line when my fingers get anxious and hit the retrn key

Re:Just illiteracy (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922346)

I can't speak for other people, but I'm about the worst speller I know, and misspellings account for probably only about 10-20% of the autocorrections my phone does on me. Most of the time it kicks in because the phone doesn't have the word I'm typing in the dictionary, or because the phone and my fingers had different opinions on what key was being pressed on my touchscreen's simulated keyboard. If it wasn't for the convenience of that last reason, I'd probably turn the damn autocorrect off.

My own personal worst experience was when I was tweeting that I had a 2 hour layover in DFW, and it decided I had meant "lover" instead of "layover". That one took some explaining, particularly to the wife...

Re:Just illiteracy (2)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922348)

I rely on autocorrect because I want to type faster than 1 WPM and I have trouble always pressing the proper "key" on a screen that's A) virtual and B) way too small to really type on. It's not because I'm an idiot who can't spell. See the difference?

NOT just illiteracy actually, you infant (2)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922456)

Nice try, and the elitism in your post will get your post modded up, but this isn't a problem limited to the illiterate, or those with a lackadaisical attitude to spelling and grammar. My Droid's touch-screen keyboard's keys are close together and a combination of mis-hit keys and auto-correct/auto-complete means that, if I hadn't proof-read them, some strange messages would have been sent. If I were in a hurry, or not concentrating, it's easy to imagine that even the most egregious example from damnyouautocorrect.com could come from my 'phone. So what's next? Are you now going to rail on the hasty and those with fat fingers?

No doubt you have a pretty strong opinion about people who send texts like "ur l8. where r u?". You know what, I've used the contraction "ur" and replaced "to" with "2" and "you" with "u". Not because I hate the English language, or am intrinsically lazy, but because I've had to revise a message down to fit into a 140 character limit. Do I deserve your ire too?

(I've seen a few on there, e.g. "vag" instead of "bag" that, as you say, are clearly just adjacent-key errors but there are some genuine auto-correct/auto-complete howlers on there)

:( SAD (1)

nicholas22 (1945330) | more than 3 years ago | (#34921960)

IT is instrumental in people dying, secrets being leaked, governments falling, oppressive regimes continuing to oppress, billions being transacted, but alas, we get auto-correct 'funnies' here.

I laughed, but... (1)

Kemanorel (127835) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922098)

Seriously, damn those auto-playing Activa ads. I really don't want to hear about the benefits of yogurt while I'm perusing the pages.

Re:I laughed, but... (1)

d6 (1944790) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923128)

Ad Block [adblockplus.org] No script [noscript.net] fix the problem nicely.
Not sure what add-on gets rid of "stories" like this. Did anyone else think "paid link" once the site loaded?

Whorehouse (3, Funny)

dimer0 (461593) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922170)

Funniest autocorrect that happened to me (on iPhone 4, but I just checked and it's fixed in most currently release)... I was getting ready to go on a trip to Washington DC and my local representative is pretty active on twitter, so while I quickly posted a tweet:

"Hey I'm heading to DC tomorrow, any chance for VIP tickets to the Whitehouse"?

The problem was, Whitehouse autocorrected to 'Whorehouse'. I didn't realize this until the next day. My rep had a sense of humor when I deleted that tweet and sent another the next day (apologizing for the first)... Something like "Very peculiar typo"..

Re:Whorehouse (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925934)

What's the difference between a whorehouse and the White House? Both are full of people happy to screw you and will do almost anything for money.

Wait, that's not quite true: The whores have standards.

makes sense (1)

edxwelch (600979) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922362)

One of the first things I did when I got my iPhone is figure out how to switch off autocorrect. I mean it was making really wierd suggestions. I think Apple needs to rewrite their algorithm, unless it was intended as a joke

Re:makes sense (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923692)

it gets better as you use it. I hated it at first...and it still gets things wrong....but I wouldn't want it off now. For all the times it makes you go back and erase...it more often figures out a long word for you so you don't have to type it all.

While we're on the subject - iOS (1)

Cloud K (125581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34922790)

Have my fingers become fatter since around iOS 4.x / iPhone4 or did they screw something up? Even with the original 2G iPhone I recall being able to type quickly and accurately. Now I just seem to hit the wrong letters and trigger mysterious linebreaks all the time - also when doing things like pressing shift, the following key-tap doesn't seem to register.

I know this isn't tech support, just I know Slashdotters tend to be a bit more knowledgable on these matters than the anything-negative-deniers on Apple related forums.

On a more on-topic note, though still iOS, doesn't it just drive you crazy when it autocorrects a word that you know (but it doesn't) so you go back and undo the autocorrect and it autocorrects it *again* and you've hit space before you realised it was about to do so (again). Argh!

My Worst Example (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34923056)

With a combination of iOS 4's autocorrection and my own typos, I sent something like this to my girlfriend:

I can't wait to give you HIV!

I meant to say "I can't wait to give you a hug!", but this atrocity of a text message was sent instead. I was like, ohshitohshitohsit! Luckily, she recognized it, but still tormented me with it for a minute or so.

My favourite... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34923504)

Reindeer Games [damnyouautocorrect.com] :

Person A: I have like a Reindeer fetus
Person A: Fetish
Person B: ...wow... neither of those is normal

Now, maybe this is just my personal perspective, but this is one instance were auto-correct suggested something less perverse.

Disabling AutoCorrect helps more than it hurts (1)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924112)

I can tell you from experience, auto-correct is absolutely HORRIBLE if you happen to text regularly in more than 1 language.

I live in Ottawa, Canada and I have many friends who speak English, and many who speak French.
I constantly have to switch between French & English while texting. I could be typing a perfectly good reply in English, but I forgot to switch the autocorrect language and it starts changing all my words.
Or worse, I change the autocorrect language by accident, and the same thing occurs. It's terribly annoying. (when you have more than 1 keyboard language, the languae change button is next to the space bar)

I finally decided to permanently disable autocorrect and I swear that my enjoyment of my iphone has almost doubled.

Re:Disabling AutoCorrect helps more than it hurts (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924312)

I didnt know those things could even connect to a network (yea yea ip4 joke, sue me)

Apple's soft keyboards are awful (1)

t2t10 (1909766) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924364)

Most of these examples are from Apple devices. Apple's on-screen keyboards are among the worst on any platform. Not only is the autocorrection extremely poor, users can't replace the keyboard, and the way you choose between autocorrection and original is just wrong.

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924500)

Works for me.

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34924524)

Obviously, it isn't working for a lot of people.

Like many Apple users, you probably have never used anything better, so you have no basis for comparison.

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34924686)

I was thinking around those lines too. Why are almost all the mistakes done with iPhones? Like there is a rare one that isn't an iPhone, but it seems very rare. I admit that my Androids auto correct wasn't that great (tried it with Swype, hated it), but I don't recall it being as bad as these examples. Noticed the odd message here and there from my friends who own iPhones but always thought it was their fast typing causing the issues. Does pretty much every iPhone user notice this problem and just ignore it or is this site just a list of a more "vocal" minority?

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (1)

t2t10 (1909766) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925678)

Unlike iPhone, Android lets you replace the soft keyboard and there are many choices; some of those are much less prone to errors like the iPhone.

Also, of course, people who text a lot just get an Android phone with a physical keyboard, which is still by far the most reliable way of entering text on a mobile device.

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (1)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926536)

Well, taking a screenshot on an iPhone is very simple (press the power and the home button at the same time), on most Android phones not so much.

And then I think most of this site is nothing but one big fake anyway. They're just serving the preconceptions of a certain kind of audience.

Re:Apple's soft keyboards are awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34936462)

Nevertheless, the iPhone keyboard really is awful.

Autocorrect sucks... (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 3 years ago | (#34925744)

...even when it's not being embarrassing. Autocorrect algorithms are so incredibly stupid that it's hard to believe... things like autocorrecting piison to prison instead of poison or "meibe" (german for my) to to "keine" instead of "meine" just piss me off. iOS does better than most others, but still can't make out what I'm trying to type most of the time... I end up taking longer correcting the mistakes Autocorrect makes than I take when I just turn it off.

Autocorrect is the first thing I disable on pretty much any touchscreen device.

FU Autocorrect!

Re:Autocorrect sucks... (1)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926610)

FU Autocorrect!

Yeah, I have often thought I would much prefer a way to explicitely enter words into a dictionary (by hitting some button after typing them) from which the keyboard then tries to complete words as I type them. I mean, I like it when I don't have to type the very same long names and similar words over and over. But I hate this kind of Artificial Idiocy that tries to guess what I actually meant to write when I typed something else.

The thing is that as soon as you switch autocorrect off you also don't get any more completions. How silly is this?

Re:Autocorrect sucks... (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926700)

What's the point of completions when they're wrong half the time? I can type pretty well with my thumbs, and a decently responsive touchscreen will allow you to type at a relatively error-free rate... you just have to work at it.

It's nothing against a hardware keyboard, of course, but much faster than typing with autocorrect on and having to correct the corrections all the time.

For people who type slowly with their thumbs, I'm sure Autocomplete is a godsend. For people who aren't technophobes, I'm guessing not so much...

Re:Autocorrect sucks... (1)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34932262)

The completions are often wrong because they're not just completions. Especially iOS tries to guess what letters you *meant* to type. Completions that would just work with what you actually *have* typed at the beginning of a word would be much less often be wrong.

Re:Autocorrect sucks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34934354)

There should be a button to disable autocorrect for the current word. The tiny "x" on the iOS correction balloon needs to be a lot bigger.

It's time it was all grammar-aware.

It should take your past corrections and even word usage into account and either leave the word alone, or suggest your previous correction first

Penis (1)

snookerhog (1835110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34926418)

when I first got my iPhone, I was typing a message and the autocorrect changed one word to penis. The strange thing was that the word I was trying to type did not bear any resemblance to penis. I thought I had found some sort of strange easter egg, but could not reproduce the error.

Just the iPhone? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34927732)

Every screenshot is from an iPhone. It seems like this is the only phone that has this problem.

Re:Just the iPhone? (1)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34932284)

Every screenshot is from an iPhone. It seems like this is the only phone that has this problem.

Well, taking a screenshot with an Android phone isn't that easy at all... with an iPhone you just press the sleep and home buttons and you're done.

Re:Just the iPhone? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34932760)

Actually that's a good point. iOS has screenshot support out of the box. On Android you have to root the phone. Only recent versions of Blackberry OS that support apps can take screenshots with a free 3rd party app.

WebOS has it built-in and Maemo has an app in the repos for it, but nobody uses those (unfortunately...they're better than the other current-gen phone OSes by a huge margin).

My wife... (1)

gtvr (1702650) | more than 3 years ago | (#34928090)

Has been LOLing at this site almost every night for the past few months, so yeah, I already knew about this one!

I use a different term (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34928556)

I call it "miscorrection."

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