14.0339 errors in e-books: Stoa

From: by way of Willard McCarty (willard@lists.village.Virginia.EDU)
Date: 10/10/00

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 339.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 21:02:24 +0100
             From: Ross Scaife <scaife@pop.uky.edu>
             Subject: re: errors in e-books
    [in reply to Humanist 14.0331]
    Willard, thanks (as always) for the support.  Those of us involved in
    developing and managing the Suda On Line experiment remain hopeful that "a
    long process of getting it right" as you put it can work.  It has been
    interesting.  We have been encouraged in our hopes by - for example - the
    strenuous editorial exertions of David Whitehead (The Queen's University of
    Belfast), who over just the last couple of weeks has carefully vetted about
    200 entries, and also contributed about another 150 entries relating to his
    formidable expertise on Athenian political organization and ancient
    rhetoric.   Several other good scholars have also demonstrated their
    willingness to be regular editors.  On the flip side of the coin, the
    editorial process we have implemented has exposed us to the occasional
    slings and arrows cast by traditionalists who just can't come to terms with
    this way of doing things, and who crawl out from under their rocks from
    time to time to harrumph and snort at us: typically they pat us on the head
    and say that while we deserve praise for our innovative approach they *do*
    hope the quality of some entry or other isn't typical...  Apparently it's
    beneath them to register themselves as editors and get in there to *fix*
    whatever so troubles them.  That's why we now have the following sentence
    in a prominent place on the front page of the site: "As ever, we welcome
    your comments -- but please note that if you believe particular entries
    could stand improvement, we prefer that you register as an editor and make
    your contribution directly!"
    Ross Scaife (scaife@pop.uky.edu)
    Classics Department (POT 1015)
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY  40506-0027
    web: http://www.uky.edu/~scaife/
    vox: 859 257 3629  fax: 859 257 3743
    The Stoa Consortium

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