"SOMETIMES I HATE MYSELF THE MORNING AFTER," SAYS THE EDITOR
Under the pressure of getting the news online faster than any croquet
publication on paper (not even to mention beating the gossip line) the
temptation to write a story or editorial and put it up without benefit of
sober review and revision the next day is sometimes irresistable. "We can
get this up before the sun rises in Australia," I say to myself, so in a
flash, away it goes to Webmaster Bob Henry, 50 miles east as the crow flies,
but only a fingertip away in Internet time.
It's only the next morning that I begin to be plagued by nagging doubts -
especially if I had sent in a sensitive story without having co-editor Mike
Orgill review it first: Did I get that name spelled right? Should I have
checked one more source on the dates? Did I get the other side of the story,
without bias? Would it have been better to wait for confirmation? Was my
prose a little too purple? Did I editorialize more than the subject
warranted? Did the spin I put on the story turn into a wobble?
But the hard fact is that these things can only be seen after the story is
"cold" - the next morning, at the earliest. So I beg the readers'
indulgence for too-frequent errors, and In recompense we can promise to
correct immediately the worst of them - either by online revision, or by
recourse to this LETTERS AND COMMENTARY page, which appears at frequent
We welcome letters of correction as well as publishable letters of opinion or
commentary on any subject related to croquet or the content or management of
the Web site.
The Web site now prints out at more hundreds of pages than we have taken the
time to count, and new content is added weekly. Mistakes and omissions are
inevitable, but in this medium, they can be correctly quickly. Please help
us maintain ourselves as not only the most substantial croquet Web site, but
also the most accurate and current. Send your editorial E-Mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. And on technical matters, you can reach Webmaster Bob
Henry through our new "Webmaster's Forum."
--Bob Alman,. Editor
CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE / CROQUET IN AMERICA