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From: "Todd A. Farmerie" <>
Subject: Re: Plantagenet Connection - Denial Of Permission To Print.
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 22:14:05 -0700
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Brad Verity wrote:

> Now, what if the Archivum Cinderellum did NOT verify Shmoe? You find
> that it says Jill Uphill was the wife of Jack Horner, not Jack Sprat.
> Further, the Archivum leads you to the conclusion that Sprat's wife
> was actually Jill Downhill from the other side of Grimmsville.
>
> Everyone knows of Jack Sprat and wonders who his hefty wife was.
> Identifying Mrs. Sprat is the ticket to any publishing venue you want.
> You've discovered who she was, know Shmoe hasn't thought to check the
> Archivum (or he wouldn't be saying Jill Uphill was Mrs. Sprat) and is
> wrong, but you were led to all this after hearing about Shmoe's
> unpublished theory on Mrs. Sprat.
>
> What do you do?

I think the first thing you do is try to head off Shmoe's
publication, as the avoidance of published error is in the best
interest of everyone. Certainly you have the initiative. In
reporting your solution, you are no longer preempting his
reporting of the same thing, but rather you are presenting a
hypothesis of your own. Shmoe can still publish his evidence, if
he stands by it in the face of yours, or (in a perfect world,
since the two of you are bringing independent data to the same
question, you could collaborate on a single article that
discusses the ramification of both sets of data).

taf


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