[bksvol-discuss] Re: scanners' feelings

  • From: Mike Pietruk <pietruk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 06:58:14 -0500 (EST)

Tiff and Shelley

Perhaps it is age, I'm in my mid 50s, but I don't leg my ego
into the process worry8ing whether someone labels my excellent scan as 
good, et al.  At first, I thought it meant something; but as a validator 
myself, I realize that it's generally an arbitrary decision made by 
another human being, and nothing more.
So if validator takes my excellent submission and believes it only to be 
good, what does it matter in the grand schemes of things?

As for Lissi's questions, Julie pretty much conveys my feelings.
And if a book sits too long on Step 1, as Cindy notes, I always have the 
option of self-validating which I did on a couple of Christmas books so 
that they would make it into the collection for the Christmas reading 

As a validator myself, I get to know the work styles of submitters and 
tend to validate those who do the work upfront so to speak.
So I quickly know what will need to be done, if anything, based on my 
experience with their work as well as comments they supply.
I attempt for quick turn arounds and attempt to avoid knitpicking as, with 
over 600 books on Step 1, time is best spent on titles that frankly don't 
need much handholding.
I would only spend that time on Step 1 books that I believed were special 
to the collection amd might not be replacible.
Spending hours upon hours validating something, in most instances, makes 
little sense as rescanning it would be faster.
Keep in mind that 5 times the credits are given for submissions vs 
validations which indicates where the effort ought to be placed in a 
priority scheme.

Just some rambling thoughts which I doubt hold much significance.  To sum 
up, a topnotch submission requires little from the validator beyond spot 
checking and verification.  And once one learns the work habits and 
tendecies of those they validate, the process becomes even more 

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