I thought this first edition of the Post since the resurrection might be an opportune time to look back to the 'good old days' to a rather amusing incident that, for me, encapsulates the essence of h2g2 and may help explain in some small way why we all seem to spend so much time here.
Let me set the scene:
A long, long time ago, I can still remember... no that's not it.
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... err, where was I?
Oh, that's right.
I was researching an article for the Post on how to circumvent the dreaded queue for Approved Guide entries, which at the time was running at about 4 months plus, if my memory serves me correctly.
I had devised a cunning plan to submit guide entries in advance on a regular basis with pretty much nothing in them. The idea being that they could then be used down the track, once a sufficiently good idea for a guide entry had been thought up (after all, even I can think of one idea given 3 months)and then not have to wait long for it to be approved.
I dutifully created such guide entries as 'Haven't decided yet' and 'For later' as I felt I should actually test my theory fully before advising people to use it. I know, I know, I'll never be able to work at one of the tabloids with an attitude like that...
Anyway, the guide entries sat in the queue, virtually forgotten for a couple of months, and just when I was about ready to add my real guide entry I received a rejection email (a lot quicker than the expected 4 months, it must be said).
Now, normally, having an entry rejected from being an Approved entry was both a traumatic experience and a bitter pill to swallow, however, on this occasion, I read the rejection reason given, laughed, and realised why I like this place so much:
Guide Entry: Haven't decided yet.
Content: Also to be decided
Thank you ever so much for submitting your h2g2 Guide Entry entitled
'Haven't decided yet' for the approval of the Editors.
Unfortunately it hasn't quite managed to gain the approval of the
Editorial team, but perhaps the following comments from the Editor
concerned will help you to understand why.
'I haven't decided on a reason to reject this yet.:-)'
May this spirit live on !!!
P.S I never did get to test my theory, as whilst all this was happening the system was changed to the peer review system which is still operating today.
P.P.S I never did get to write the Post article either, but that's another story... ;-)