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So it goes

MarchFrog
It started raining Friday and continued raining all but non-stop through Sunday night. There were a couple hours of quiet with grey skies in there, but mostly there was rain. Enough to prompt a flood advisory.

So what did it start doing at dawn?

Yep. And it hasn't stopped snowing since.

In other trivia that hasn't been willing to leave my hind-brain, I was reminded of the importance of good proofreading yet again when thumbing through a 208-page, full-color, glossy "Destination Planning Guide" to promote Denver as a convention site.

On page 9, the introductory copy claims "The user-friendly Colorado Convention Center has only two levels: all 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 50,000 and a 35,000 sq. ft. ballrooms; and 5,000-seat theatre on one level; and 584,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space on the other."

Pages 36-45 have the floor plans, starting out with the statement that "The Colorado Convention Center consists of just three levels." The 584,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space is one one level, one floor up from street entrances. The street level has the 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and access to the 5,000-seat theatre. And sunken below street level are the two ballrooms. The maps bear that out.

Alas, my main takeaway is that they don't even know how many levels their convention center has. And if they don't know that, why should I believe any of the other numbers in the guide? Why should I believe they'd be able to pay the necessary attention to the details of my meeting or event?

It's harsh of me, I know. It's an error in the copy that didn't get caught in whatever proofreading they did do. Everyone working on the guide is human, and, Ghu knows, I've made plenty of publication mistakes of my own. It's printed, it's done, move along. Yet the guide certainly made an impression on me, and it's far from the one they wanted it to make. I wonder how many other people that's true of.

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marsgov
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
Now I know why I always get lost in these large hotels: the rooms move around, just like Hogwarts.

In other words, the copyeditors couldn't keep up with the constantly changing configuration of the convention center.
gerisullivan
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Just think of the business they could draw if they openly promoted that feature of their convention center.
marsgov
Mar. 31st, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
And think of the other advantages... you could implement "The Cask of Amontillado" to get rid of inconvenient people, and not even have to spring for the cost of bricks and mortar.
redbird
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, everyone is human, but it also feels like such an unnecessary error, because if I am interested in a convention center, my first thought isn't going to be "wow, it consists of only $value levels, this is what I'm looking for," whether $value is 2, 3, or some larger number. Not without also caring whether the ballrooms are on a separate level from all the other facilities, and that's feels like a larger inconsistence. If it said "584,000 square feet" on one page, and "548,000" on another, I'd shrug, because that seems both less important and easier to get wrong.

And now I am coming up with awkward analogies to the difference between a second cousin once removed and a third cousin: most of the time, the person you introduce them to won't care, and "my cousin" would be fine.
gerisullivan
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- you've helped me understand why this nagged at my hind-brain for a week.
huladavid
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
I've reacted to to similar situations the same way.

I've a question; are proof reading and copy editing the same thing?
gerisullivan
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Proofreading and copy editing aren't the same thing, at least, they shouldn't be. This particular inconsistency could have been picked up either in copy editing or proofreading.

(For further info on both, search engines are your friend.)
judith_dascoyne
Mar. 31st, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Looking at Denver are we?
Can we expect a visit?
*hugs*
gerisullivan
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Don't I wish. (Well, yes, actually.)

No trips to Denver in the foreseeable future. You and Mitch would love it here at Toad Woods. Think about it. :-)

Hugs shared.
minnehaha
Mar. 31st, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
April 7-10: me. Just sayin'.

K.
gerisullivan
Mar. 31st, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm. Sounds like fun could be had.
sraun
Mar. 31st, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I had a similar reaction to a chain fast food place web site this morning. I was looking at locations, because I knew the most convenient location for my potential need was closed, and has been for some time - at least a couple of months.

Guess what location was the first one on their list?

I left them feedback asking why I should trust any of the content on their site.
dragonet2
Apr. 1st, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
They may have had a bunch
of freelancers (cheap) who don't necessarily even know that one another exists, doing the thing. This is one of the things that did in where I used to work, everyone wants it cheaper and thinks they can do it themselves.

They don't want to pay anyone enough to orchestrate the effort and do it professionally. Which includes, yanno, checking shit out.
batwrangler
Apr. 1st, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
We had a mix of sleet and freezing rain overnight and this morning. I'd have almost preferred snow (and we still have bunches of *that* on the ground).
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