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Post 381

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Tango asked: >>how is copyright checked for CA images?<<

This is a good question. As with entries, we generally rely on two things - trust and the awareness of the Community as a whole. We do basic checks on all artwork - though thankfully the nature of the house style usually makes this a quick task. But occasionally, if we or any of the CAs feel the graphic could be a cause of concern from the outset, we'll either ask our lawyers to look at the graphic or do a quick library check to see if we can find a reasonable amount of similarities to an existing photo or graphic, in which case we generally err on the side of caution. After all, if a complaint were to be submitted, it'd be the BBC who'd be liable in the first instance, not the artist.

If a problem is identified, we really don't have the time to enter into a lengthy debate (and the copy-flow of entries is also usually a pressing concern at this stage, though this has been reduced slightly by the recent changes to the Front Page), so we inform the artist concerned that a replacement graphic would be preferred (which we try to do within a reasonable period of time, as we appreciate that all artwork is supplied very much on a voluntary basis).

As with most matters, we try to deal with each graphic on a case-by-case basis. On the rare occasion where we've had to do an extensive check on a graphic, we've usually been able to catch problems fairly early on due to a fortunate combination of the above.

All of this contributes to why having a private mailing list is a Good Thing, as, if a graphic ultimately prooves unsuitable and a replacement can't be found in time, then the Researcher(s) won't have had their hopes raised only to be disappointed later on. It also means that our need to be sometimes over-cautious shouldn't lead to the embarrassment of the artist concerned outside of the group.

Jimster


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Post 382

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

Welcome back, Jimster! How was the holiday? smiley - smiley


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Post 383

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Very good, Peet. Swealtering heat, weird bug-things flying overhead, strange food... and that was just the airport.

smiley - biggrin
Am now 'enjoying' the benefits of jetlag. All typos today are already apologised for...


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Amy the Ant - High Manzanilla of the Church of the Stuffed Olive

You wouldn't think Margate would be like that at this time of the year! I blame global warming.


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SE

on my user page it says there were -3 new comments made.

smiley - cdouble


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Post 386

Montana Redhead (now with letters)

Jimster, *please* don't use the phrase "Good Thing." I had images of you as Martha Stewart!

smiley - biggrin


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Tango

Thanks for the explanation, jimster. smiley - smiley

It's looking more and more like the user blobs idea isn't going to work... smiley - sadface

Tango


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Smij - Formerly Jimster

Ah. My use of the 'Good Thing' phrase comes from the superb comedy-history book '1066 and All That', which the authors use to describe things like the Domesday Book and the Magna Garter (sic).

Phew!

As for the User Blobs idea, Tango, it's a good idea in theory, but as you can probably tell, we're in a bit of a one-step-back period at the moment, so while we're trying to iron out a lot of the creases in the whole way h2g2 operates, more ambitious concepts such as yours aren't 100% practical just now. However, the idea behind this forum is at least one step closer to this, in that it offers the possibility to groups to both commission and shape the art they really want. While not every request can be granted, it still means there's an additional avenue for collaboration now, allowing the less-artistic Researchers to inspire and challenge the abilities of the more artistic ones - which, again, is surely a (ahem) Good Thing.


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Montana Redhead (now with letters)

Ah, thank you! I'd not heard of that book, but one is going to be on its way soon, since anything that gets that domestic dominatrix out of my head is indeed a VERY Good Thing!

I'm also thinking that using to teach might be rather fun. And people wonder why I'm a medievalist! Far too much unmined humor there.


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Post 390

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Oh, it's a superb book for anyone involved in education. Basically it's a history of Britain, but written in the style of a school essay full of amusing howlers. It mentions how the Romans invaded and immediately announced 'Veni, Veni, Vici'. Unfortunately, the British thought they were being called 'Weeny, Weedy and Weeky' and decided to pick a fight. Eventually, the Brits (who were Picts) were forced to move westwards and become Welsh.

And so on...


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logicus tracticus philosophicus

didn't daily mail or express have something to do with compileing it or was it one of their cartoonist


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Spiff


well, i'm pretty sure it was written pre-1930. Not sure when exactly. Just that it surprised me at the time, when i realised when it had been written. A real gem! smiley - ok

spiff


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tourdelux

Our 1963 edition says "First published by Methuen 1930". Very funny smiley - smiley. (The book that is)


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spook

smiley - dontpanic


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Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

smiley - yikessmiley - ermsmiley - blushsmiley - sorry


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Montana Redhead (now with letters)

I've just found another gem of a book...it's culled from American and Canadian uni students' history papers and exams, and it's called "Non Campus Mentis."

A sampling:

Ivan the Terrible began in childhood, and this troubled him the rest of his life.

And this one, although terribly politically incorrect, had me on the floor:

Hitler's main weapon of terror was the gazpacho.


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Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

smiley - roflsmiley - roflsmiley - roflsmiley - roflsmiley - puffsmiley - roflsmiley - roflsmiley - puffsmiley - roflsmiley - laughsmiley - biggrin


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spook

very true indeed. Hitler used to invite leaders of different groups to dinner regularly. if they did not attend they would be executed. for dinner, Hitler always began with gazpacho soup. it would be disrespectful ot Hitler if you did not eat it, so everyone did. if you were doing what you were told, and were not spreading anti-nazi messages, but promoting the Nazis, then the soup would be perfectly fine. if you were not, then the soup would have been poisoned, and you would not live to eat the main course.

when getting an invite for a meal with Hitler, people were either joyful for a delicious and extravogant meal, or they made funeral arrangements before they left.

spook


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GreyDesk

... and I bet he served it hot. The philistine smiley - cross


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Montana Redhead (now with letters)

Another:

The Greeks didn't fight any wars, since the mountains were too high for them to get over and see what their neighbors were doing.


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