From time to time someone's blood pressure spikes when the plural 'aircrafts' is used in the Aviation forum. Would it be possible to implement a simple script in the system to delete the superfluous s's? (Interesting: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/46824/why-does-the-incorrect-plural-aircrafts-seem-to-be-occurring-more-often)


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It's not feasible to scan and change user input to the site - if we were to do it for aircrafts people would want it done for supposably, irregardless, alot, and many other words that cause people to twitch and foam at the mouth.

We could blacklist the word aircrafts from the site (prohibiting its use anywhere on Aviation Stack Exchange), but that seems a little extreme: Among other things it would present users with a very unfriendly and confusing "The word aircrafts is not permitted on this site!" message, which is a really lousy first impression to make on people just because their grammar is cringe-worthy.

If it really bothers you that much feel free to edit the questions to correct the poor spelling/grammar - this is a very minor edit, but I personally would approve the changes as it substantially improves readability (or at least reduces my blood pressure).

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    $\begingroup$ +1 just for the alot link $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ Wow, I've never received a "The word is not allowed message" anywhere on SE. I've gotta try harder. $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Dan Try posting a link to lmgtfy - it's banned network-wide. $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ @voretaq7 lmgtfy.com/?q=how+plane+flies $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Dan: Hmm, I thought those were vulnerable to a single not-constructive flag (i.e., would be auto-deleted), but apparently not. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Dan Only works in posts (Q/A) IIRC, and may not be active on Meta though I think it is. :) $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ @NathanTuggy Someone (a mod) has to validate the flag (and in this case I cleared it without deleting the comment since it's semi-relevant to the discussion). $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 5:10
  • $\begingroup$ @voretaq7: Used to be (still is, I think), certain comment strings would be auto-deleted with a very low flag threshold, no mod intervention required. But I guess this was never one of those. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ @NathanTuggy Yeah I'm not sure how that logic works (or whether it's enabled network-wide vs. site-by-site with specific lists of strings to check for) - I'm inclined to think it's not enabled here, though we've not had any of the "naughty words" show up in a comment as far as I know :) $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 5:16

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