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wordpress rewriter WTF???

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by eskimo, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. eskimo

    eskimo Regular Member

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    I am looking for a decent wordpress article rewriter. Right now I am using the creatively named "Wordpress Rewriter" plugin, and quite frankly, it is absolutely shite. Here is a little sample of the drivel it creates:

    Original article:

    The Network tab features an Internet browser, much like the one on PSP although the PS3 is compatible with a USB keyboard and mouse so browsing on the PS3 is quite easy to do though if you don't have a keyboard and mouse you can use the Sixaxis controller using this you will find inputting website names can be annoying. The browser does feature bookmarks so you can easily set up links to your favourite sites. There is an Information board which you can turn on, this displays a news bar on the top right corner of your screen, if something catches your eye you can go to the network tab and view the story in a fullscreen browser window.


    Rewritten article:

    The Network journalism features an cyberspace browser, much aforementioned the digit on PSP though the PS3 is harmonious with a USB keyboard and pussyfoot so feeding on the PS3 is quite cushy to do though if you don?t hit a keyboard and pussyfoot you crapper ingest the Sixaxis someone using this you module encounter inputting website obloquy crapper be annoying. The application does feature bookmarks so you crapper easily ordered up code to your activity sites. There is an Information commission which you crapper invoke on, this displays a programme forbid on the crowning correct crossway of your screen, if something catches your receptor you crapper go to the meshwork journalism and analyse the programme in a fullscreen application window.


    I mean come on? WTF?
    pussyfoot?
    crapper?

    Where is it getting this shit?
    It would be quicker to get a job, save up some cash, go buy a playstation 3, test the thing for a month, take a journalism course and write a review then it is to try figure out what the fuck the rewriter is trying to say and fix it.

    Have I got drunken Shakespeare mode on or something???

    Please tell me yo have a better rewriter than this someone!
     
  2. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    The problem is that most rewriters use straight synonymization and both of those instances are colloquial synonyms. Ideally, you'd want to use something that uses a stricter synonym base, but unfortunately the lexical glosses are pretty large in size.

    In summary: Good rewriting ain't easy.
     
  3. eskimo

    eskimo Regular Member

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    pussyfoot = mouse
    crapper = can

    i completely agree with you. i usually do it the manual way, and get like 5 reviews open and just copy/paste blocks of text out of each of them, and then go through it line by line changing stuff. It takes about 20 minutes per article, but the results are good. The results are excellent compared to this crap.

    The funny thing is, that plugin is for sale for $7
    haha, I would be well pissed if I paid for that
     
  4. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    Something better is definitely possible, but people have been trying to figure out how to make computers write and rewrite more like humans since the 1950's and have failed pretty much across the board. The most common methodologies lead to the sort of unreadable slop you see in most spam mail. The problem (if you are to believe Noam Chomsky, who created the field of linguistics) is that language is both generative and transformational. He came up with a sentence that is grammatically perfect, but makes no sense when read:
    This exposes the flaw in the grammatical or part-of-speech model. A flaw that hasn't been overcome yet.

    For the time being, I'd say that rewriting by hand, or using slightly less automation in the form of selective synonymizers (i.e. "There is an [data*/*Information*/*statistics] [board*/*display*/*area] which you can turn on[. This*/* that] [displays*/*shows] a [news*/*update] bar on the top right corner of your [screen*/*display*/*monitor]...") is the way to go.
     
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  5. eskimo

    eskimo Regular Member

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    wow, thanks for sharing your knowledge, i can see you really know what you talking about, nice!

    one of the best tools i use for rewriting is trusty old notepad's find a replace. You can use it to quickly replace words where you know it will still make sense, such as replace PS3 with playstation 3, screen with monitor, on sale with on special etc...

    I was thinking about starting an autoblog, but this plugin has definitely put me off!
    I'll do it the old fashioned way, the way that actually works

    rep and thanks given