You can now find an 'Ask for expert advice
' link under the icon representing your completed pages in My Old Weather
or My Pages
in the dropdown menu under your name in the upper right corner. (See picture below of what your finished pages look like on both pages.)
Clicking the link gives you a popup box. Please paste the copied url of your completed transcription on this box in a reply to this topic, which is the forum link in the same popup box. (Click here
if you need help making your first post.)
Only the moderators can open these urls. We can help you by checking your entries and offering advice if necessary. We can also seek clarification from the science team.
We cannot make changes to your transcriptions and save them. Only you, the transcriber, can save changes to your entries.
General background to our logbooks
At heart, the log is a bound book and the scanner photographing it looks down and takes a single picture of both open pages. Then a computer cuts the picture in half so we only have to work with one at a time - that's the xxx_0.jpg and xxx_1.jpg in the picture urls. (See Posting Links and Images (A Guide)
to see how to share links or pictures of your pages with the whole forum.) That is also why it is perfectly safe to have the date on one page and the location on the other - the two are forever joined at the hip and each data is easy to apply to both.
We do try to make a habit of always transcribing whatever is available in the heading at the top of every page regarding location and date. Only if you are looking at a blank page for some reason with nothing to transcribe could that be skipped. Also any noon lat/long entries.
There are a couple of things that are kind of background information, that we forget to include sometimes. When naming a person, their rank or rating is considered to be part of their formal name, just like saying you talked to Mrs. Somebody last night. And that is also true for ships, their nationality and type are considered part of the formal name - example: USS Enterprise. (Aircraft carrier or spaceship, your choice.
) Context is what they are in the middle of or are doing.
Both of these we try to keep TWYS, of which one formal exception is having to use periods in abbreviations. (See Type What You See - Yes, but ...
So, here are what we came to a consensus on being the best way to do things. (Not necessarily the only way.) There are several different reactions for context, depending on how much energy I had. I most definitely would make the context TWYS, it's a habit that is all too easy to slide out of. Please note that if I was doing that for a long list of ships, I'd type the context exactly once on a notepad doc which won't format fonts, and then copy/paste into every ship's context box as they get mentioned. Retyping 8 times would be altogether too much for me, unless you are using Firefox and can easily use their dropdown menu after the first 2 letters typed.
A ship example here:
name: Russian armored turret ship Emperor Nicolas I
context 1: in the harbor
context 2: Found the following men-of-war in the harbor
context 3: Found the following men-of-war in the harbor flying the flag of Rear Admiral
An example of persons:
name: Paymaster H.R. Smith, USN
context 1: placed under arrest
context 2: placed under arrest, for trial before a General Court Martial
context 3: placed under arrest, for trial before a General Court Martial, of which Captain B.F. Day, USN, is President on board the US Flagship Baltimore.
I hope this helps.