Re Croker Island

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re Croker Island
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:40:26 +1000
On Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:34:30 +1100
Mike Honeyman  wrote: 

“I'm getting as irritated by the 'please tell me where it is' messages as some 
people are by the lack details!If you have the internet it takes as long to 
type the name into googlemaps or something similar as it does to send a message 
complaining to birding-aus.With the added bonus of getting an actual map or 
satellite image, which is much more descriptive than words or GPS references on 
here. And whilst there may be odd time there is still confusion I would wager 
that nine times out of ten you get the right spot. There is certainly only one 
Croker Island in Australia showing on googlemaps.”

It actually takes less time to insert “NT” or “Northern Territory” (for 
example) in the original posting. 
Incidentally, the original posting on this particular thread (“Crocker Island 
Birds”) contained a reference to “Palm Bay”. 
A Google search on that name finds a “Palm Bay” in Melbourne, Australia, and a 
“Palm Bay” in Florida, USA.
It could be said that, as there are no crocodiles in Florida (apart, perhaps, 
in some zoo), it should be obvious that the report did not refer to Florida. 
But, as the Google search did not bring up a reference to a place in the 
Northern Territory, perhaps the “Palm Bay” in Melbourne is the place being 
referred to.

My personal solution to preventing irritation when it is not clear to where the 
report refers is to simply disregard the posting and go onto something more 
I spend enough time at the computer without wasting that time trying to work 
out to where a certain posting may refer.

Incidentally, again, I find it much more irritating trying to read postings 
with missing words.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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