I don’t like it when a Doper inserts “[sic]” into a quoted post after a typo or mistake.
I think it’s indicative of an attitude of smarmy self-righteousness. When one inserts “[sic]” after someone else’s innocent tyop, one is in fact admitting his own inferiority and lack of self confidence. It is a hard to define, subtle gesture that says, “I am going to show the world that your finger slipped to the left.”
There is no reason to put “[sic]” after an ordinary mistake which is so obvious that everyone knows what was meant in the first place. It does not make you appear smarter or the other person appear less brilliant. In fact, it makes you appear obnoxious and elitist, obsessed with insignificant matters of editorial quality instead of the subject matter at hand.
So stop it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Editorial quality is important. Cogent sentences and organized thought are vital tools in the communication of ideas. But all brilliant writers (and there are many here) make dumb mistakes from time to time. In an informal atmosphere like a message board, it is improper to expect that every post can be spell checked and proofread by a professional copyeditor.
In conclusion, I would like to extend a big fat rigid middle finger toward the faces of those witless intellectual posers who find the liberal sprinkling of “[sic]” so satisfying.
Thank you and goodnight.