OK, after my first attempt on Whaling, here are my comments and questions. The timing of Firefox being now workable is very good, as I'm doing a phone interview with someone from NOAA tomorrow, and it's good that I've at least had a go at the new project.
In Events, what does 'Social' include? So far I've been putting people under 'Other' - is that right?[Response from Philip to similar question asking if 'Social should include people: "At the moment, all I can say is 'please use the category you think best'"; AvastMH This query noted by mods
I don't like the way the event is isolated when transcribing and the rest of the page goes dark. If I need to look at other parts of the page to help with the transcription it makes this very difficult.[listed by mods]
I had a box which covered the whole page (a crew list) and wanted to simply put a description of it - but when I began to type in the box, which was at the foot of the screen, it disappeared off the bottom of the screen and I could only see the upper part of the page.
's maddening to have to go all the way through all the questions again after transcribing the boxes on the page, especially if there's only one.[listed by mods]
I had a page with some boxes already drawn - I transcribed the entries as a whole as they were interesting. I then wanted to transcribe the dates separately, but couldn't draw a box within the existing boxes to enable me to do so.[Answer: Draw the box elsewhere on the page and drag it to the right position]
Overlapping boxes - I had a page which was already marked, wanted to transcribe the boxes by using Janet's method, but couldn't do so with one which overlapped a box for weather, as it gave me the weather box to fill in not the date.[listed by mods]
Every time I go to a box and transcribe it, it comes up briefly with a message saying there's nothing to transcribe and do I fancy some marking, and then gives me the transcription interface.[listed by mods]
Discovered that Janet's method for marking and then transcribing doesn't work easily if there's more than one of a kind of any entry e.g. I had a page with 7 dates; when I marked the first and then transcribed it I was moved on to the locations option. It's necessary to mark them all first, and then go back and transcribe them, which makes it harder to keep track of what I'd done and what I hadn't.[listed by mods]
In general, it would be very very helpful to have some way of seeing what I've transcribed - could there be a mark added to the box in some way? I have a suspicion that when I clicked on 'Transcribe this page now' I wasn't offered everything I'd marked to be transcribed but had no way of knowing. It may be that enough people had already transcribed some of the entries - but I'm doubtful as I'm on a ship which doesn't seem to have had much done yet (Helen Snow - chosen for the name ...)[listed by mods]
A more general question - is it of value to the scientists to transcribe every record of wind direction and strength when they are quite general directions (Light breezes from the WSW sort of thing)? If it is, I will, but there can be a lot of them ....[Philip is interested in all the finer details so each page is likely to break out in measles I'm afraid!
And an observation - I can't myself see the attraction of marking without transcribing - but I suppose it does provide a division of labour which might suit some. And it is good to have something which can be done in small bits - a nice change from the Patterson with its endless 24 WR a day pages.[Noted by a 'Patterson' moderator!! ]
Sorry to put so much in one message, but I don't want to lose any of it. I've had a look through the Forum and don't think any of these have come up yet - but do point me to the answers if they have.[Many thanks Helen! ]