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Well, the revision continues, and the bug-hunt with it. It does annoy… - John C. Kirk

May. 31st, 2003

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From:johnckirk
Date:June 2nd, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)

Re: Trouble with 'freebies' ......

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Well, I don't see that as a problem. For instance, I've now emailed Raphael with a list of issues (about 10 minutes ago), so once he's looked through them he may well forward them on to the rest of the class (but let me know if you want an advance copy). So, in that way, everyone benefits from the correction, i.e. they're not at a disadvantage. However, the person who actually spotted the mistake should get extra credit, since they've done more work. Alternately, I could have kept quiet, and used the "inside knowledge" to leave everyone else at a disadvantage in the exam, so this provides an incentive to report the error, without losing out.
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From:rileen
Date:June 2nd, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
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Well, to split hair further :-) ....... if you keep quiet, you **potentially** leave others at a disadvantage, whereas with the rewarding scheme, you're guaranteed to get the advantage of a pardoned mistake. Moreover, if more than one person spots a mistake, who reports it first depends on various factors like in what order do you read the material etc ........

Anyway, i guess this is now beyond the point of being fairly pointless :-) - we'd be better off revising for tomorrow. Good luck, not that you seem to need it ;-)
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