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  •  It has excellent research, yes (0+ / 0-)

    but it really needs a thorough editing.  Lots and lots and LOTS of mistakes make this writer/editor grind her teeth reading through them.  This is the sort of effort that could be really valuable, but the level of sloppiness is too high for me to have confidence in it.  I'm not just referring to two mistakes I called out above, those were just two sufficient to go back and change the diary.  There are typos, missing information, missing names, missing districts, and mixing up places.

    This is good work, mind you.  But it gets in its own way and that prevents it from being great work.

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    by madhaus on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 04:14:43 AM PDT

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    •  Where were the missing names (1+ / 0-)
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      missing districts, missing information? Could you point out a few of them instead of just being obnoxious and vague?

      As for grammatical errors, there are probably quite a few. I'm also a writer and English is one of my minors so they aren't lost on me. I just think that they are irrelevant to the validity of my observations, and not worth the time of thoroughly editing this piece.

      For the love of god, in the first draft I accidentally mixed of UC Davis with UC Berkeley (that's all, I was always talking about Yolo county and CA-03, not CA-09), and I mispelled Brian Bilbray's last name in another accident, both of which I later corrected. I did not mix up any districts, and I was clearly in that instance talking about Garamendi's current district, renumbered CA-03.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:10:13 AM PDT

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    •  It is though, I'll admit, (1+ / 0-)
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      intentionally a bit disorganized, and I chose to use the dashes instead of making a clear, heading with the bolded district number because I found that too boring. The dashes always follow the order of the previously listed districts though. The purpose was pretty focused, in order to save time and space, and that purpose was basically to summarize the political nature of the districts, talk about the candidates running, and mention any of the importance news. All wrapped together in my own impressions of the races. Nothing more, nothing less. This is basically part of an outline to a majority.

      I'll start on Part 2 this weekend.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:17:35 AM PDT

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