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Re: Mantell Refereed Paper

From: Keving Randle <KRandle993.nul>
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 22:13:34 EST
Archived: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:11:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Mantell Refereed Paper

Good Evening List, All -

For those of you keeping score at home, I have identified the
fatal flaw in my refereed Internet paper idea. While I have no
trouble with having everyone look at it to make comment and
criticism, whether that person is only a high school graduate or
a Ph.D., that is only part of the process. There must be a final

This came to me as I was going over some of the notes that Wendy
Connor so kindly provided. I realized that I had no obligation,
no, obligation is not right, I had no compulsion, to use her
comments. I could ignore them out of hand.

Now, I would hope that I am objective enough that I would read
all comments and respond to those that needed to be taken
seriously and ignore those that might have not been completely
thought out. Whatever they might be, I shouldn't be the finally
authority on this.

So now I have to ask someone, or three or four someones, to take
on a little extra work. What I purpose is that three, and no
more than five volunteer to be a clearinghouse for the comments
and criticisms. This means that they must commit to reading the
paper, and that they would be on a private email distribution
list to receive all the incoming comments. When I finish a final
draft, they would have to read it again and determine if I had
adequately addressed the comments made. If so, then they could
privately sign off on it, and the paper would be posted as the
final draft. If they all, or even one or two had some
reservations, then those would have to be resolved before the
final draft was accepted.

I can think of lots of names for this panel, from Dick Hall to
John Rimmer. It could run the course from believer to
nonbeliever. Jerry Clark, Dennis Stacey, Karl Pflock, Tom Carey,
Greg Sandow, all spring to mind as those who would be good at
this. These are merely the names that came immediately to mind
and if I thought about it, I'm sure that others would come up.

Anyway, I shouldn't know who has volunteered to review the final
draft in the light of the comments. All they would have to do is
make sure that all comments are properly addressed. There might
be a little extra reading, but certainly no extra work... except
maybe for Errol. Since the comments are directed at you, you'd
need to forward them to those who volunteered. Errol, I guess
you would be the final arbitrator on who was on this ad-hoc
committee, if you are willing to serve.

Let's remember that this is the first time something like this has
been tried so it might be a little rough, but we should get the hang
of it. I think this moves us forward in a way that doesn't rely on the
cult of personality. It should be a way to produce a final product
that could carry some wait.

This is my thinking to this point. I'm hoping that we can get
the necessary volunteers. Errol would know who you are, but I,
and our colleagues would not.

Any additional thoughts on this  would be appreciated.


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