Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wanted: a good idea for a bounty

As you may have noticed, I don't do enough editing of my posts. Typos, etc. sneak in from time to time and I seem to have major geographical errors on a regular basis. (e.g. calling Birmingham the Rocket City, etc., confusing Butte and Bozeman, Montana.)

Readers, do you have a worthwhile bounty system to suggest? One that would be particularly painful would be having to say one nice thing about the Los Angeles Lakers or USC Trojans football each time I had a typo. Monetary disincentives (e.g. having to donate a penny per typo to some liked/disliked group) might be worthwhile, too.

Readers, what say you? 

15 comments:

  1. Didn't a major NFL team just get in hot water for a bounty system?

    Aside from monetary disincentives, you could always subcontract (read: outsource) your editing to another member of the blogosphere. Right now, I could offer my services for a lark, say, $888.89 per post (negotiable)

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  2. Particularly painful? Every mistake is worth one finger.

    You get 10 tries.

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  3. @Anon - But CJ has toes, too! Roughly doubles mistake threshold.

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  4. No, that's too cruel. I suggest having a bottle of aqueous HF nearby and spilling it on a finger, waiting 30 seconds, then washing with hexafluorine as punishment. This was the mistakes can be many, but still painful.

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  5. I vote that for each typo he has to personally place an unemployed chemist in a worthwhile and fulfilling position.

    That leaves a much higher cap on potential screw-ups.

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    1. I'm a blogger, not a miracle worker!

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    2. I'm sure that if he was capable of this, CJ would begin posting in LOLspeak.

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    3. though it is reminscent of the finale of "A Wonderful Life."

      ... every time a typo slips by an unemployed chemist gets his job.

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  6. Really painful? Each typo is worth one nice thing said about Jeff Kindler or others like him.... However this may decrease the amount of error reporting as it would also punish the readers. ;-)

    As a reader I'd prefer x typos = one "Fun" tagged post.

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  7. Say nice things about the joys and benefits of working for a CRO and about advantages of entrusting Kelly with your job hunt.

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  8. Why bother with a bounty? Making typos and mistakes is a sure-fire way to get more blog comments.

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  9. "to err is human, to forgive Divine"

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    1. Have you been on the internet lately?

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    2. Thanks, Quintus -- it is appreciated.

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  10. For every typo, agree that one can easily use one's chemistry education to go into nontraditional careers.
    Or, for every error, write a line of a chemistry poem. 14 typos, and you'd be at a sonnet already.
    But no bounty could be worse than complimenting the Lakers.

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