Re: Resolving edits

Subject: Re: Resolving edits
From: Sue Heim <SUE -at- RIS -dot- RISINC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 09:14:06 PST

Charles Webster issued for a cry for help with:

> How do you handle the situation in which one reviewer (out
> of a total of six) who insists that his/her changes/edits
> _must_ be incorporated in to the current revision?
<snipped out the details of how the reviewer demands the revisions be

Yikes! This is a tough situation, and I wish you lots of luck. I've
had similar experiences, and how I dealt with the issue tended to
revolve around with whom I was dealing. For example, if the person is
rational (and this is a tough one, since if the person was rational,
there wouldn't be this problem!), you can usually (clearly!) explain
why the edits are not going to be incorporated, adding that they are
good comments. If the person is not rational, try the above. Then
throw your weight around (I'm kidding!!) and insist that you are the
one with training and background in writing and thus you really
should know what the reader wants or needs to hear. And if that
doesn't work, sometimes it's not worth it to really fight a whole
war. Let the person win that battle (for example, include whatever
comments/edits were suggested, but modified to your liking).

Good luck, and let us know what you did and what the end result was!

Sue Heim
Research Information Systems
Email: Sue -at- ris -dot- risinc -dot- com

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