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#1402070 - 14/01/2017 11:26 Proof Reading Before Publishing
Heat Trough Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 09/01/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Kadina, SA.
Hi all.

I'm just curious as to whether or not items are proof read before they are published?
An area that suffers from this is the daily synoptic chart information. An example of that is here - http://www.weatherzone.com.au/synoptic.jsp?d=5

It just looks like it has been hastily put together and published to the site.
Not trying to be difficult but if I and others are paying subscriptions it'd be fair to say and request that this is looked into.
Weatherzone and its stories are linked to by many other news and weather pages in Australia and it just looks a bit amateurish when these instances are found and read.

Just bringing it to your attention is all and thanks for your time.

HT


Edited by Heat Trough (14/01/2017 11:27)

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#1402490 - 16/01/2017 06:38 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Helen Offline
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Apocalypse on Thursday I think. wink
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#1402539 - 16/01/2017 12:57 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Heat Trough Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 09/01/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Kadina, SA.
Oh well, obviously no one really cares - so be it.

Also, where is the the Thursday synoptic information - http://www.weatherzone.com.au/synoptic ? Goes from Wednesday straight to Friday.

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#1402541 - 16/01/2017 13:38 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Oakdean Offline
Cloud Gazer

Registered: 04/01/2017
Posts: 7
l care Heat Trough, but the creators of this web site dont, l notice all the breakdowns, many Obs not working today, quite a rip off when Pro users pay good money, not good my man.
Response time to emails alerting to problems are very slow, or they are to me anyway, if no response at all.


Edited by Oakdean (16/01/2017 13:39)

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#1415766 - 26/03/2017 08:40 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Heat Trough Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 09/01/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Kadina, SA.
Well it's quite apparent no one here at WZ gives a [censored] about the quality of the joint.
This is evidenced by a moderator posting a completely unhelpful and off topic post in this thread.

Anyway, I thought I was paying for a professional service but that's obviously not the case.
I won't be renewing my subscription when it's due. Pretty sad to see what's become of this site.

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#1416785 - 27/03/2017 13:13 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Jax Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 16/12/2009
Posts: 731
Loc: WA
You're not alone in noticing these things Heat Trough, and no, I don't think there's a dedicated proof reader. Here's a classic example of the lack of care, from today's very important for many people news item:

Quote:
Cyclone Debbie - A quick guide for residents.

...How can I keep up to date?

You can listen to and keep an eye on updates from the .
Join to follow news on Cyclone Debbie.


WZ news stories were suffering many issues when I finally give up reading them in disgust, particularly punctuation marks not transferring correctly in what are obviously cut and pastes from other sources and becoming ^%-$^% something that look like this ^%-$^%. Some were so shabby I wondered if they were being outsourced to someone having an intentional lend of Fairfax. Maybe things have improved, although as per my example above, I suspect not.

Best to just let your subscription fade away and not let it bother you.


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#1416991 - 27/03/2017 16:36 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Seabreeze Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 18/09/2005
Posts: 10047
Loc: South West Rocks, NSW
Most of the articles in Weather News are just an automatic feed of weather and/or climate-related news articles from the ABC (ABC articles are signed with ABC at the end, and Weatherzone-produced articles are signed with Weatherzone at the end).

The parts of the ABC article quoted above which have been left out are the web links embedded within it:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-27/cyclone-debbie-guide-for-residents/8388866
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Year-to-date Rainfall: 879.0mm (Jan-Apr Avg. 667.5mm) // Year-to-date Raindays: 70 (Jan-Apr Avg. 55.8 raindays)

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#1417540 - 27/03/2017 22:05 Re: Proof Reading Before Publishing [Re: Heat Trough]
Jax Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 16/12/2009
Posts: 731
Loc: WA
Then WZ needs someone to run an eye over the automatic feeds to ensure the links from the ABC are included as text at least. Or maybe the tech team can rewrite something so it happens automatically. The alternative is WZ is going to be criticised for being sloppy, and rightly so, particularly considering it is a Fairfax offshoot. It would be useful the tech team could change the default spelling to Australian rather than US English while they're at it. Just my ten cents worth.

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