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Caro

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Ship histories: responses
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:59:57 am »
Please post your comments on the edited ship histories here.
If you have any questions about the logs, or becoming an editor, post them here also.

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 09:48:16 am »
Hi Caro,

Did you have anything in mind for the sorts of things that would be posted here - given that we already have threads for dodgy handwriting, mondegreens, 'what does that mean', strange entries etc?

Cheers,
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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 09:59:28 am »
The introduction to the list of ship histories contains this line:
"This topic is locked. Your comments or questions are welcome in the comment topic."

That's what this topic is for. Questions or comments about edited logs and queries about what editing involves.  :)
« Last Edit: March 07, 2014, 12:19:23 pm by Caro »

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014, 06:57:10 pm »
Editing is great fun!  ;D

HOWEVER -
it involves great attention to detail
it requires perseverance to finish a ship
a need to read sometimes much 'bad' handwriting (and great friends here to help you figure it out!)
a knowledge of how to 'search' (Bing, Google, Naval_History, OW files)

I'm now on ship number 6 (Ark Royal - 4 years down & 2 to go! ;D)

Sign on! It's a fascinating Expedition!!! 8)

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2014, 11:48:53 am »
I agree that editing is fun but there are boring bits, when your ship is in dry dock for example. There are frustrating bits when you can't find a ship or place but the forum will help out.  It is very satisfying when you send off a completed history and see it on the website for anyone to read. 

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 12:14:31 pm »
Just remember that there are no editors without transcribers ;) ;D

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 12:51:39 pm »
Exactly! It's our hard work that lets you have all the fun!

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 02:25:33 pm »
Ah but if only the weather is transcribed then we put in all the interesting events as editors anyway.

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2014, 03:17:08 pm »
The editors have added many weeks/months' worth of untranscribed events AND worked out all those ~~~~ and wrong spellings.
Most of us transcribed Royal Navy logbooks and, luckily, some transcribe and edit now.
We have a long way to go.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2014, 05:53:32 pm by Caro »

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2014, 06:35:14 pm »
Ah but if only the weather is transcribed then we put in all the interesting events as editors anyway.

True. I don't transcribe any events at all, and I know Craig doesn't either. Not sure about anyone else.
I simply have no patience for bad handwriting, and I feel a huge urge to get as much science done as possible.
So I'll just leave the history stuff to those who actually care about it and enjoy doing it.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2014, 07:39:46 pm by Hanibal94 »

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2014, 09:11:14 pm »
One of the delights of this community - the different personalities who contribute to the finished whole.  I enjoy both science and history, Hannibal enjoys mainly science, Gordon is a history buff par excellence, others enjoy databases, and mapping.  We all have our parts to play and look what has emerged.

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2014, 09:32:01 pm »
 ;D

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2014, 12:43:16 am »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

I started for the Science - got involved in the History - and stayed for the information, the great people, and the FUN!!

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2015, 02:34:54 pm »
I got an improvement suggestion for NavalHistory - not sure if this is the correct place to post, but I can't think of anywhere else.

OK, so on this page the Royal Navy ship histories are sorted in three different ways: Alphabetically, by type & class, and by fleets, stations, campaigns etc...
However, the first list is the only one that also does this:

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Ships in bold have been edited, ships in bold italics are being edited or have been reserved for editing, and those in regular type are waiting for an editor.

Could someone please apply this to the other two lists as well? I think it would look better that way - and make it a LOT easier to see whether all the ships of a certain type have been completed (Dunno why, but I like to see when that happens).

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Re: Ship histories: responses
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2015, 03:41:57 pm »
Gordon started out labeling all of them by status a long time ago, but cancelled it very quickly because it is 10 times the work.  Names are present a highly variable number of times, and just locating them all - and being sure you have located them all - is a very big nuisance.  [Torch (1) is only listed twice, Torch (2) 5 times, and Ark Royal is listed 9 times.]

In my opinion, you are right about the improved appearance and additional information and I also would like to see that group status especially when looking the areas they served it, but that small improvement is simply not worth the enormous effort it takes to keep it up on an ongoing basis and the increased stress in trying to be sure to get it all right.  It is something I would resent having to do and therefore do not want to ask of anyone else.