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From: Peter Hendy-Ibbs <>
Subject: RE: Corrections
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 09:19:54 +0100
I have processed a considerable number of entries for individual
contributors and hence receive a large number of correction requests
from Kevin. Where possible these corrections are always accompanied by
the relevant scan and Kevin has himself checked to see whether the
correction request is valid. In about 1-2% of all corrections I feel
that the original transcription should stand. In the rest it is clear
that the new scan is better than the original source. So the correction
process has gone through the person who makes the suggestion, Kevin and
myself - a time-consuming but thorough checking process. Furthermore I
have never known any of the original transcribers disagree with the
Hats off to Kevin!
> In ALL cases, Type What You See is the rule to be obeyed.
> The Usage of the Uncertain Character format characters to show any
> uncertainty is also very important and should be used if you are in any
> As the corrections coordinator I will not forward you any correction where
> your entry (including any UCF it contains) "Matches" the validated proposed
> So if you transcribed
> Smith,john,6_,London C.,1c,245
> And the correciton is to change the Age at Death to 61 you would never see
> the correction request, it would be dealt with by me.
> If on the other hand the correction was to change the age at death to 71
> then I would forward you the correctiton for action as I would believe that
> you have transcibed something (a 6 not a 7) incorrectly.
> I am more than happy for anyone to disagree with me, (Believe me, it does
> happen) and even though I may try and persuade you, the final decisions on
> whats in your file is yours. If you do not agree with a proposed correction
> then you should NOT apply it.
> It could well be that seeing a correction might cause you to introduce UCF
> into your transcription as your eyes are opened to other possibilities. The
> goal of corrections is to get things right, not to remove all the UCF.
> The box to tick/untick to not deal with correction requests, is already in
> your profile and a number of previous and current transcribers take this
> option so they never hear from me.
> Best wishes
> Kevin S. Howell
> FreeBMD Corrections Coordinator
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