Hmm... You didn't provide the option I choose: The spelling should be based upon the origin of the author. If the author is American, then use American spellings for that article. If the author is British, then...
Just so long as the usage is consistent within the article.
The reason I say this is it gives the magazine a truly international flavor (flavour? I'm American, so flavor). Those of us in the States can identify those articles written across the pond, and vice versa.
Post by sonofliefeld on Mar 3, 2010 20:34:00 GMT -5
i can see the argument that as the rules are written in US English the zine should also adopt this im just wondering does it really matter if its not uniform throughout the zine and would it really detract from it if different articles used different versions
I would argue for standardization; you are going to tick off someone no matter which convention you use ("This is an American game, limey! When I've finished eating my hamburger I'm going to kick you right in your bad dentistry!" "What-what, my colonial friend! Were I not so engrosed with drinking my tea I would remind you the English language is created by the English, and the masters of fantasy literature are English!")
If you make a single choice, some people are going to be happy. If you are inconsistent, not only will you risk ticking off everyone with some part of the work, but you will also annoy those (like me) who are US/UK bilingual, but who value consistency.
For personal reasons, I have deleted Castle Dracula from my website. I would ask, as a personal favor, for anyone who has a copy of Castle Dracula in any format to NOT distribute it to others.
In addition, I would ask - if anyone is hosting a mirrored copy somewhere - for people to delete any copies they might have on the internet.
I think the problem is that people do judge wrong spelling harshly. I looked up 2 words that my spell check flagged to find they were in fact real words. If we go with leaving the spelling as the submitters posted it then both sides of the pond will see words spelt "wrong". If we ignore spelling completely then pure misspelling will get through. Oh the shame.
I don't think we should publish two versions of the magazine... I think that as long as it is consistent within the article it will be fine. This is a fanzine, not the Saturday Evening Post or Cosmopolitan.
1: I live in England, so it'd be a bit odd of me not to vote for the home team.
2: My ancestors went to the trouble of beating other languages over the head and riffling through their pockets whilst they were unconcious for spare vocabulary. I won't let that be in vain!
On the other hand, i don't really think it matters if all the authors don't match up exactly when it comes to the color / colour issue. As long as the reader can read it i'll assume that i've done my job.
I am maintaining studious neutrality on which language.
I think it is better on balance to keep to one version of english in a uniform way. It will look more professional. Thank you for taking the time to consider this. Polls will be open til close of submissions.