The Decline of BA

To: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 04:43:44 +0000
And the use of correct grammar is not that difficult.

Carl Clifford

> On 10 Jan 2016, at 11:55 AM, Greg and Val Clancy <> wrote:
> I agree that with the correction of mistakes often it is diplomacy that is 
> lacking but the other side of the coin is a strong objection by some to being 
> corrected.  As someone who has published many papers in refereed journals I 
> have become used to having my writing severely corrected.  At times I believe 
> the reviewers have been unfair in their comments so I have stuck to my guns.  
> However the critical evaluation of data and information is essential to good 
> science and although the BA site is not a scientific site it is desirable to 
> maintain a high standard of accuracy as mistakes can be perpetuated as Philip 
> states.  So the lessons to be learned are - correct mistakes but be 
> diplomatic and accept corrections if they are well founded. Personalising 
> comments and criticisms is not appropriate.
> Regards
> Greg
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy,
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife  Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601  960
> -----Original Message----- From: Peter Shute
> Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 5:56 PM
> To: Philip Veerman
> Cc: birding-aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] The Decline of BA
> Membership of the birding-aus mailing list doesn't seem to be declining, 
> Philip - still growing, I think.
> What's changed is the number of postings. Jenny mentioned the trip reports, 
> but what I've noticed is the vagrant alerts. A vagrant that would once have 
> generated dozens of postings the same day it was reported, is sometimes never 
> even mentioned here now, although these reports seem to be returning to some 
> extent.
> Requests for help with identification have moved to Facebook in a big way, 
> probably because of the ease of posting photos.
> As for correcting mistakes, I think all that's lacking at times is diplomacy. 
> I should know, I've been guilty of it enough times.
> Peter Shute
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