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Subject:RE: What's the significance of a draft From:Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 4 Sep 2002 18:02:11 -0400
> Background: I ask because over the holiday weekend, my boss
> pulled a rough
> draft from my cube that I had printed on Friday (for my own
> review when I returned on Wednesday), and went through it.
THAT was rude.
> Of course there were many
> errors. I was shocked to walk in this morning and be confronted about
> this. Moreover, this individual began to question my editing
> skills, and said that my rough draft was too 'rough'.
Oh fer ... *pahhh*
> We were not pressed for a
> deadline, and I cannot help but feel set up.
Yes, I think your feeling is justified. Welcome to the wonderful world of
> I tried to explain that it
> was a rough draft not meant for any one's eyes, but he/she
> wanted to know
> why I had even bothered to print it out. I suppose that I
> could get with the times and edit online, but I find that I
> personally edit better from printed materials.
And THAT is a good enough reason, especially since this person has
questioned your editing skills.
> We never edit each other's work here, we do not have an
> Editor, and I have never had any one go into my desk and hunt
> around for incriminating draft work.
I wonder if this person would criticize a prenatal ultrasound ...
> How do all of you handle draft material? Do you edit at home
> to avoid this type of situation?
That's a nice option to have, but it's an unreasonable working condition
unless you're a consultant.
> Has this scenario ever happened to any one else?
Only when someone demanded that I send him a draft. Afterward, he demanded
that all drafts be typo-free. THAT is a waste of time.
> Do you edit online
> or in print
> and why do you prefer doing that way?
I can spot stuff in print that I can't spot on screen, and I can move the
printout to a more comfortable location (like my bathtub).
> If you print the draft out on paper, do you mark it a certain way to
> identify it as an editor's copy? - I had written on it in red pen (a note
> to myself concerning various items to look specifically for), and the word
> "Draft" was in the header.
If someone can find something on my desk <grin>, it's a draft. My finals
are submitted electronically or left on someone else's desk. There's the
odd thing that's stuffed into a folder, but that's about the only exception.
Sláinte ... Kim
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