Letters to be Found During the Investigation, Part 1

13Jul08

I have decided to format at least some (if not all) of the rants and paranoid scribbling that seem to accompany blogging as a general rule into a somewhat orderly series: “Letters to be Found During the Investigation”, categorized as LFDI. The exact nature of the investigation I leave to you, the reader.

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Dear Person,

Thank you, once again, for writing several sections for the project we’re working on. But the reason we asked you to write them in the first place is because you’re the expert on the subject. Not me. I understand that you’re busy, and that the time of a graduate student has vanishingly small monetary value, but seriously – include some damned references. Or don’t, I’m down with that to. But for the love of god, don’t make some specific, highly technical point and then put (ref). YOU ARE THE EXPERT. You know what you’re writing. I don’t. I don’t even know what journal to start looking in. I’ve been reduced to copying your sentence into Google Scholar and hoping the gods smile upon me. 

You did it six times. It’s taken hours to hunt down that and your (Extremely Common Last Name, 2004) citation. Hours I needed. Hours for sleep. I still don’t know if any of this is accurate, just that I tracked down a random paper that says what you said. I’m pretty sure having you write this was a net-negative use of my time.

 

Regards,

Randomly Searching Google

 

P.S. Randomly changing your terminology mid-sentence based upon what looks to be the vagaries of the stars or the whims of fate makes Baby Peer Review Jesus cry.

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