...accurately transcribe all errors and omissions.
I have mixed feelings on this issue too, but our general principle is that we don't try and fix errors and omissions by the log-keepers, and we should stick to that here. Please input exactly what is in the logs.
I know we'd get better data if we used our judgement to fix it, and it hurts to abandon that, but it's necessary. Remember that much work on oW is done by people who don't read the forum - so if we agree on special cases here we'll get inconsistent results because not everyone will see the discussion. Also, if we edit the logs we corrupt the data for some possible future uses.
What we really need to do is set up a parallel interface, so we can record exactly what is in the logs as we do today, and also record our comments and corrections, to be stored seperately. We are working on this, but it's hard - for the moment please just record whatever idiocies the log-keepers come up with using the current interface, and use the forum to tell us about the peculiarities (and suggest fixes).
This now includes ditto marks! Ditto marks can be the standard ", or a variety of check marks or dashes depending on the log keeper. Type all of them using "
A blank space does NOT count as a ditto.Posted in full in The Logs and in Getting your Sea Legs