More Editing Tips

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Now that you're more comfortable with Digger, here are some more tips to help with your editing.

Adding/Editing a proper noun

When adding or editing a proper noun, the interface will slightly change to accommodate the differing variety of information needed. Glosses and context words will still be relevant. Instead of synonyms and sub-types, you'll be asked for aliases. Here are listed the other names by which your entry is known.


If you were making and entry for 'Digger', you could list 'TextDigger' or '' as possible aliases.

Getting more specific

You can further clarify your proper noun add by describing it as a person, place, organization, product or other. If you choose person or other you will have even more options.

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By selecting person, you have the opportunity to decide if your entry refers to a name in general (a given name or a surname) or a specific individual.

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When you select other, a blank field appears instead of a drop down menu. Type the appropriate category for your entry in this space.

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Entering a variant of a more common term

When entering slang or a less common version of a word, it is best to check and see if there is already an entry for the more common variant. If so, you can simply add your contribution to the entry of the more common variant (as a synonym, sub-type, or context word). This will save you time, as it helps to avoid the creation of duplicate glosses for the same sense of a word.


You search digger and find that there is no sense found for ‘copter'. You could click on ‘add sense’, which would involve adding a new gloss, synonyms, sub-types, and context words. On the other hand, you could first check to see if a more common variant (‘helicopter’ for example) exists.

In fact, a search for ‘helicopter’ would prove fruitful. 'Copter’ could then be added as a synonym of 'helicopter' by clicking ‘edit sense’, and then adding 'copter' to the appropriate field. Thus, you have saved yourself several minutes of work while improving the quality of your digger experience.

NOTE: If you're adding a sense and have the Advanced mode option enabled, you will be able to search for these preexisting senses easier. Click here for more details.


When adding a new sense, there is no need to enter inflections. Digger will auto-generate the appropriate inflections for your contribution.


Let’s say that you search for ‘swim’ in digger, and there are no senses found. You can then choose to add a sense for the verb ‘swim’.

Rather than add ‘swimming’ and ‘swam’ in the synonym or sub-type fields, you can simply leave them out and Digger will automatically create them. When you later search for ‘swimming’ or ‘swam’, the gloss you created for ‘swim’ will appear.

NOTE: If you have the Advanced mode option in your edit sense screen, you will be able to add inflections in a separate field. Click here for more details.

To revert to a community gloss

If you have changed the gloss for a sense and would like to use the community gloss again, go to ‘edit sense’ and erase your gloss from the ‘brief description’ field. Hit OK, and the next time you search for that word you will see the community gloss.

Removing your synonyms, sub-types and context words from the lexicon

Just in case you change your mind, you can remove words that you have previously added in the edit sense screen simply by erasing them.


Say you enter 'peanut' as a synonym for 'jelly'. To correct this, simply re-enter the edit sense screen for 'jelly', erase 'peanut' from the synonym field, and hit OK. This fix works for sub-types and context words as well.