Rewriting Description of Incident

We rewrite the description of each incident submitted to Ugly Mugs.

This is to ensure that the published description of the incident is as clear as possible, written in good English and does not contain any identifying information.

Translate to English (if in another language)

Members can write reports in any language.  If the report has been written in a language other than English, the description of the incident will need to be translated into English.  Translation can usually be done via Google Translate or other online translation tools.  However, sometimes machine translation fail to provide an adequate English translation, and a human translator is needed.  If you don't feel you can translate an original incident description using an online tool, mark the report as "Send to Super Admin".

Remove any identifying information

Published descriptions of incidents should not contain any identifying information, like names and phone numbers.  If the member submitting the report has included identifying information, this should be moved or removed.  Identifying offender information should be moved to the Details of Person(s) Involved section.  Information identifying the member who submitted the report should be removed.

Edit for slang and abbreviations

It is a good idea to edit slang and abbreviations, because these don't tend to machine translate well.  Many members use Ugly Mugs in a different language and will see a machine translated version of the English description of the incident.   If you edit slang and abbreviations, the description of the incident will translate better.  E.g. "Penis" is better than "cock", "hour" is better than "hr" etc.

Rewrite in good English (third person)

A well written description of the incident will help members understand it better.  Also it is our writing style to write in the third person.  E.g. "I opened the door..." would be written as "The lady opened the door..."  In regard to gender, unless the member submitting identifies as male, we assume they are female for the purposes of rewriting in the third person.




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