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    Re: using old nautical almanacs
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2009 Mar 12, 04:51 -0400

    George wrote:
    
    > It would be nice if a mailing list such as ours offered a way to draw
    > attention to an acknowledged mistake, after it has appeared. Not to allow a
    > posting to be amended after the event, which could be dangerous tinkering
    > with history, and never-ending. Instead, to allow the original contributor
    > (and nobody else)  to retrospectively add a tag which means, in effect- "the
    > writer of this posting asks you to read it in context with later message
    > number [xxxx] which will modify it in some way". I fear that I would use it
    > often.
    
    LOL. The famed "unsend" key!  And wouldn't it be dandy if print and
    broadcast media that made a typo--or worse yet a fact-checking error (which
    I have been guilty of on the list, as well as a major US of A network some
    years ago)--could recall and reissue the publication instead of burying the
    retraction of their mistake somewhere in the dark corners of the
    publication? 
    
    One of the downsides of a group such as ours is the lack of professional
    proof readers and fact checkers. The author is naked.  On the upside, we can
    express an international smorgasbord of knowledge and opinions in almost
    real time.  If someone is interested in a topic discussed days, months, or
    years ago Robert and Frank have made that information available.  Like a
    prudent navigator using all available data, I would hope one would read and
    consider the entire thread/topic instead of taking one post as gospel and
    note any errata posted.
    
    In my mind it is as simple as following up a post with a factual/non-fatal
    grammatical error with a "PS" or "Error" message. Addressing the "If wishes
    were fishes, our nets would all be full" portion of your posting, I too
    abhor revisionist history, and such a feature would be handy. And if you can
    imagine it, it can probably be done.  Perhaps not tomorrow ;-)
    
    Bill B.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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