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MMD Editorial Practices
By John A. Tuttle

Hi everybody, In a world filled with apathetic individuals, it is indeed sad when those who are willing to freely give advise and opinions find themselves on the butt end of their own work as a result of comments made by others who did not participate in the initial effort.

After communicating personally with a major contributor to the MMD, it has become clear that some changes might be considered. And while realizing that I am but a small fish in a large pond, I'm hard-pressed to believe that my concerns are not shared by others.

The questions below are directed to Jody and Robbie but I believe that more input from digest members is necessary if a meaningful change is to occur. If they feel that this article is not appropriate for publication I will understand but I will not be pleased. I hope they will thought- fully answer these questions and consider the suggested change.

   1. Why do the editors of MMD feel it's necessary to comment on the content of articles submitted to the digest?

   2. Are they concerned that people will misunderstand the written words?

   3. Can't the editors just edit the publication and not the articles?

   4. Are the comments really necessary?

   5. Isn't it true that most editors use an 'editorial' to present their own thoughts instead of chopping up the publication with their interjections?

I know I'm not alone when I state that most of the writers have years of valuable experience which they are happy to give away but I/we/they don't appreciate it when the editors put conflicting view points directly under our hard work. It can directly bias the reader before they've had a chance to digest the information from their own perspective.

Agreeing with the writer is just as bad because it has the same effect. Please let people think for themselves and initiate an editorial section for the editors comments. That's my suggestion.

What's your opinion? I think the editors would like to hear from you.

Musically, John A. Tuttle

[ What's your opinion, folks? The editors would like to hear from you!
[ With no editing the Digest could be an automatic listserver, like
[ pipeorg-l. What changes do you think should be made?
[ -- Robbie & Jody

(Message sent Sat 8 Feb 1997, 20:02:46 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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