[Cz-politics] [Cz-military] Feedback and priorities? Anybodyout there?
Howard C. Berkowitz
hcb at netcases.net
Tue May 26 09:17:01 CDT 2009
Thanks, Nick. I do appreciate this.
A reader such as yourself, who had some direct knowledge that an Editor might not, can
provide more than emotional support to author(s). In this example, as far as I know, I'm
the only active Military Editor. There are History Editors, but, as I understand, they are
specialists neither on the period nor on military matters in general.
I was able to have an article approved, which fell into both Military and Engineering, by
an Engineering Editor without specific knowledge of the issue, but the ability to
recognize coherent Engineering writing -- and comments from two Author members that the
details, from their direct experience, was correct.
So, that someone experienced a topic but didn't find errors, I believe, really is
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> Subject: Re: [Cz-military] [Cz-politics] Feedback and priorities? Anybodyout there?
> I am experiencing a similar lack of response, but your email provoked
> a train of thought that led to a somewhat reassuring reflection.
> Let me explain.
> I found your article on the Battle of Britain fascinating and wholly
> admirable, having witnessed a little of it (from underneath, as a
> member of the Royal Observer Corps). But witnesses to an historic
> event seldom understand what is happening - and although I took a
> close interest in miltary aviation at the time, I am quite convinced
> now that you know more about it than I do.
> So beyond offering you thanks and congratulations, what can I say?
> I've searched in vain for what seem to be inaccuracies,
> understatements or exaggerations. I plan to try again, but it seems
> very unlikely that I shall be able to offer any useful comment.
> The reassuring reflection is that lack of response does not
> necessarily mean lack of interest. It may even be possible that some
> of my economics articles have an interested, but silent, readership!
> Keep up the good work, and best wishes,
> 2009/5/25 Howard C. Berkowitz <hcb at netcases.net>:
> > I've been writing on a number of subjects that cross the Military, Politics,
> > History and to some extent Law workgroups. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten
> > much comment on talk pages or collaborative editing. Am I writing on topics
> > of no interest to anyone? If that's the case, I should find out. If not, let
> > me know what is most interesting, and please, please, give me feedback.
> > There are several broad areas.
> > Wars of Vietnam, with Vietnam War a major subarticle, as well as many
> > lower-level subarticles, are at a fairly stable point. If any part can move
> > to Approval, I'd appreciate help. Dien Bien Phu, and I thought Battle of the
> > Ia Drang were close to approval, but, for reasons Im not sure, did not
> > progress. In another time and place, Battle of Britain
> > A number of technologies and techniques also are in reasonable shape, with
> > many subarticles. See, for example, Electronic warfare and Suppression of
> > enemy air defense.
> > There are doctrinal things, such as Restructuring of the United States Army.
> > I went back and started (or rewrote) top-level articles on interrogation,
> > and extrajudicial detention, moving down into national/historical period
> > subarticles (e.g., Intelligence interrogation, U.S.), and then quite heavily
> > into the current issues of Intelligence interrogation, U.S., George W. Bush
> > Administration. There are supporting articles on international extradition,
> > fairly stubby ones on the Geneva Conventions, and a very substantial rewrite
> > on torture. There are individual articles on many interrogation techniques.
> > By no means finished, but in some cases areas where Im trying to pull out
> > subsections that could be brought to approval, are Iraq War and Afghanistan
> > War (2001-), as well as Taliban. Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden need
> > substantial work.
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