Silent correction

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The phrase "silent correction" is often used to refer to an intentional change a proofer made to the proofed text of a page to "correct" something shown in the scanned image without leaving a [**proofreader's note] informing the post-processor that the change has been made. Another way to put it is making a change that relies on reason rather than vision without [**noting] it.

A "silent correction" other than the very few changes specifically mandated by the Guidelines (such as removing page headers/footers and end-of-line hyphens) is pretty much the worst "sin" a proofer can commit at DP.

The reason behind this is that what we really do here at DP is to transcribe basically hard-copy documents into another form (digital text), not edit them. Thus, some PPers prefer to have the project text match the historical document rather than make any "obvious corrections;" and others will make "minor" punctuation corrections, but not corrections that could just be old spelling inconsistencies; and some PPers will tend to make spelling consistent throughout the entire project; but no matter what course they choose, they are likely to leave a Transcriber's Note about the various "corrections" to the original that were and were not made, and it's hard to do that when they don't know what "corrections" have or have not been made (such as in the case of "silent" ones).