Doing the reading (was: Best Books 2002)
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Mon Jan 13 13:40:59 EST 2003
On Thu, 09 Jan 2003 13:55:01 -0700, rohina at shaw.ca wrote:
>> Seconded. With much fellow feeling. A certain university refused to
>> award me my MA unless I handed in two further copies of my
>> dissertation, with "corrections" - which meant adding page
>> numbers. And
>> I couldn't just write them on the original copies, I had to print the
>> whole thing out twice over again!
>At the risk of siding with the "petty" people - the purpose of requiring a corrected copy with page numbers is so that your university can store a copy, and other people can read and cite your thesis if they need to. Most institutions do actually provide funding for printing and binding, but you have to ask; possibly this is something which is precluded by being in a snit.
What's more, the requirement for pagination ought to have been overtly
mentioned, since it *is* important. It's like criticizing you for not doing
something they never said was a requirement. And the idea that a postgrad
should just know these things...well, there are all sorts of stupid
requirements that the administration/teachers/departments take for granted
because they have been overseeing such things for ages.
The only story I have about people getting snippy about proofreading errors
is kind of a ridiculous one. My first semester at college, I was using an
old Apple IIc computer (this was in 1990) and of course there were no
printers readily available. But I had a friend who also had a IIc and her
own printer, so I used to trot up to her dorm to print my stuff. So that we
are all perfectly clear on this, I don't make proofreading errors of the
spelling and punctuation variety. It may possibly be some kind of
superpower. So when I started getting these papers back which were marked
down for spelling mistakes--LOTS of spelling mistakes--I thought someone was
going crazy. (Well, you know me; I thought it was the *teacher* who was
going crazy. The possibility that it was my fault never entered my mind. :)
It turned out that my friend's computer and/or printer had some kind of
internal problem that caused it to insert garbage characters at random,
maybe two or three per page. The infuriating thing was that, when I pointed
this out to the professor, explained what had happened, SHOWED HIM that
these were not normal kinds of typos, he still wouldn't change my grades.
Humph. I had to get an A just to prove him wrong.
I bought a Packard Bell next semester.
(Yes, they come with their own problems, and I know my husband is shouting
"But it's a proprietary system!" It was tons better than the alternative.)
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