Review auto-correction messes up perfectly fine words sometimes

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So, IMDb has a user review collection and a way to publish your own review for any movie. That's great.
What's not great is how IMDb handles the text you input. When it doesn't know some words you use, it highlights them and gives you an opportunity to replace them with an alternative provided by the site. Sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it isn't really. For example, IMDb doesn't know the word "demonize" and insists that i spelled it wrong. Well, too bad.

But that is not too bad. After all, IMDb simply gives you a chance to fix something that it thinks is broken, it doesn't force you to follow its lead.
Well, it doesn't... until it does. Some words are forcedly corrected when you hit the Preview button. You're not given a dropdown list with alternatives, you're simply forced to accept the fact that IMDb thinks it knows better. For example, IMDb doesn't wanna accept the word "camerawork" from me, even though it's completely legit. Instead, it insists that it must be spelled as "camera-work".

Anyway, i strongly believe that IMDb's work is to let people publish their thoughts and let other people rate them, not to be some sort of a condescending grammar nazi and micromanage people's spelling. You can't prevent people from making grammar mistakes anyway, and highlighting the potentially incorrect words is enough to draw our attention. Never force people into your way of spelling words. After all, reviews are a form of art too, and authors are entitled to some degree of freedom to express themselves.
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Giancarlo Cairella, Official Rep

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Try putting quotes around the word "camerawork" and try again, and let us know if it still gets automatically changed.
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Tried doing what you suggested. This time, the word's spelling stayed unchanged, but having double quotes around a regular word distorts the stylistic and semantic view of it. So i wish there was a better workaround than that.
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While spelling creatively is fun and interesting, people might have difficulty understanding you and opt not to read your reviews.

Camerawork is not a word. It should be camera work or camera-work.

Forcing people to use real words where it's important the text is understandable is a good thing...if you ask me. Creative misuse can be saved for Facebook and the like.
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Camerawork is not a word. It should be camera work or camera-work.
Not according to the Oxford English Dictionary (online) which has the following definition:
camerawork n. the use of a camera; (now esp.) the manner or technique of positioning and using a film or television camera.
Camera-work and camera work both found only this item.
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While spelling creatively is fun and interesting, people might have difficulty understanding you and opt not to read your reviews.
That's what the ratings are for, right? Users upvote what they like, and downvote what they don't. They are not forced to do that according to the review's usefulness or objective correctness, right? Simply "was that useful to you" or not.

Also, there's a difference between mangling words for your own fun and having to battle the built-in spellchecker that's inferior even to my knowledge of English as a second language. In the same review in which IMDb denies me the use of "camerawork" (see the comment above why it's a valid word), it also had a hard time recognizing the words "dialogues", "demonize", "tour de force" (segment "de") and "judgemental". The first three words even the browser spellchecker doesn't find incorrect, and the last one is widely accepted and used both online and in the movies.

So while i admit that the heavy use of slang or "ghetto talk" doesn't belong to the IMDb review section (although, for some reason, it's often the way people talk on the IMDb boards, why do you think is that?), i don't think that IMDb is up to par to be a strict spelling enforcer. Even its voluntary suggestions miss more points than they hit. So i suggest IMDb to be a bit more modest about assuming it knows better.
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