Friday, July 20, 2012

... and why it sucks if articles are edited and published without consulting the author

    This post has the unedited version of an article I wrote for The Fifth Estate - IITM's campus news body. I do realize and totally understand that our goals and motives differ and from T5E's point of view, the editing was perfectly justified. They want to provide concise, to the point and factual information useful to the reader community (mostly the students), while I want to insert poor jokes, ill conceived puns, double meaning titles, comp. sci. specific jargon and most importantly, self boasting in as many places as possible. Also, my excessive use of smilies and exclamation marks probably would not have been suitable for a "formal" article. But I kinda sorta believe that you should write the way you talk. And if you have talked to me, you would realize that text without exclamation marks and smilies won't at all sound like it came from me! ;) Obviously, the aim of this post is not to criticize T5E (and if it sounds like I am doing that, I apologize), they are perfectly right in their place, the goal is to get one more post on my long dormant blog, apart from the obvious aim of publishing the original article (albeit full of 'phart')! Having said that, along with the article, let me discuss what all was edited and why I liked the way it originally was. Blue's what was edited/chopped off.