April 18, 2004

Captain Makes Ass of Self

by Nick Morgan

Captain Clueless, like any responsible blogger, posted an update at the bottom of an entry to point out an error he made. Then some dude emailed the Captain to point out the error--you see, this dude hadn't read to the bottom of the post to see the correction because the Captain's entries tend to, shall we say, use a surprisingly large number of words considering the small amount of content delivered. So the captain, in an email exchange posted for the world to see, chewed this dude out for emailing a correction that had been duly noted. The captain's problem is too much email every time he makes a mistake. But the dude had objections to the Captain's tone, and wanted no more than a simple "thanks for the pointer, I corrected it." But now the Captain has shown us who's boss by asserting his American Liberty to run his blog how he pleases, including the liberty to respond to emails without the word "thanks."

Kevin Drum has said pretty much all that needs to be said about this:

    It's one thing not to understand the rudiments of human interaction that most of us learn by third grade, but why would someone go to the trouble of writing over 2,000 words including an email exchange! that documents for the entire world that they do not, in fact, understand the rudiments of human interaction?

But I thought I'd just like to tell the Captain how to run his blog: just stick the UPDATE in right after the error, for goodness sakes! The alternative you've chosen (lecturing your readership on your perogative to be an ass) will only increase the flow of emails, this time, I imagine, featuring phrases like "you ass," and "man, you're an ass."

April 18, 2004 02:50 PM | TrackBack

Actually, I advocate using HTML to put a footnote after the error which leads to an anchor tag next to the UPDATE. But then again, I really, really like footnotes. :)

Posted by: A. Rickey at April 19, 2004 12:45 AM


Now that I've learned how to do them, I really, really like footnotes too!

Posted by: Fool at April 19, 2004 10:37 AM

Let me in on the secret! How does one make a footnote in HTML? (Don't trouble yourself if too hard to explain in this field.)

Posted by: Nick Morgan at April 19, 2004 11:05 AM

Here's what I use:

{a href="#XXX"}[1]{/a}

{p}{a name="XXX"}{b}[1]{/b}{/a}

The first line is placed in the text where you want the FN. The second line of code goes where you want the note to appear.

"XXX" should be changed to an identifying word for the footnote. The word should match in both lines of text. The "#" appears only in the first line. It should be kept.

You manually change [1], [2]...[5], etc.
The, simply type the text of your FN after "{p}{a name="XXX"}{b}[1]{/b}{/a}"

Note I had to change "" to "{" and "}" because the comment features executed the code and thereby making the lines of code disapper...just change them back.

I hope that's understandable...

Posted by: Fool at April 19, 2004 02:11 PM

Why they ever allowed his promotion from Commander Clueless is beyond me.

Posted by: Brian at April 19, 2004 08:32 PM
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