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    Navlist coutesy Re: was: Star-star distances for arc error
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Jun 26, 10:26 +0100

    There has recently been some sort of concord, between Frank and me, about
    aspects of star-star distances, and also about the effects of magnification
    on eye danger. That seemed an unnatural state of affairs, and here I am
    bringing it to an end.
    
    Instead, I wish to deal with a matter of list-courtesy. It's a matter I have
    raised before, to no avail, about Frank Reed's postings.
    
    When putting together a posting to Navlist, my own practice, and I suggest
    that of most other contributors, is to download any waiting postings just
    before pressing "send", to see if the same point has recently been made by
    another. If so, either I desist from sending, as there's no point in
    cluttering the list with the same matter being repeated. Or I may wish to
    expand on, or endorse, or argue with, what's been said already, in which
    case I acknowledge the previous contribution, usually providing a
    message-number as a handy link to it. Sometimes, I fail, but that's the aim.
    
    Frank's recent postings illustrate his own practice. Whether or not the same
    thing has been said by another, Frank goes ahead and says it again, without
    acknowledgment. Frank, read your own mailing-list, before you press send.
    Acknowledge what's been said before, if you're going to repeat it. Do as the
    rest of us seem to manage to do. It's common courtesy, to the list as a
    whole.
    
    ==========================
    
    Another matter of common courtesy is the introduction of personal stuff into
    what ought to be technical content.
    
    Those words, in [6761], "A sure indication that you have never tried it!"
    were unwise and provocative.
    
    In [8794], he's at it again, with -
    "But you haven't really tried anything, have you? Have you experimented with
    measuring a complete set of angles around the horizon (another method of
    checking arc error)? Have you tried observing lunars (still another method
    which many people find more successful than star-star disstances)? Ya know,
    everybody is entitled to an opinion, but opinions should be based on
    empirical facts, not speculations."
    
    Other listmembers manage to say what they think, without resorting to such
    language. There are better ways to say such things. As list manager, Frank
    should be setting a hetter example.
    
    Frank's references to Douglas' political interests were completely
    irrelevant to any question of navigation, demonstrating no more than Frank's
    readiness to make and misuse a Google search.
    
    As far as factual matters relevant to navigation are concerned, we should be
    quite ruthless in exposing and correcting error, though we should do our
    best to avoid being offensive in doing so. It's a difficult line to tread.
    End of sermon.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
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