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What climate-specific learned behaviors does no one think to explain?

Can you give me examples of behaviors "everybody knows" who has grown up in a specific climate, but is never talked about so no one ever thinks to explain this to people new to this climate? I'm especially interested in examples of where this lack of forewarning has caused problems. My example below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 18, 2016 - 93 answers

OPAC issues

What is the cause of errors in a small library OPAC? Technical services librarians and database experts, your wisdom is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 8, 2016 - 9 answers

I make mistakes. Does that mean I’m not cut out to be a proofreader?

I am very dissatisfied with my career trajectory (it may be laughable to even call it that) and I’m wondering if it is because I am doing something that I really have no aptitude for. Is there really such a thing as an "error-free" proofreader? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 24 answers


How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me to stop making simple errors

I am making stupid mistakes at work and I need a strategy to help myself overcome them. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I not suck at life?

You procrastinate. You're disorganized. You make multiple careless mistakes weekly. How did you go from being a Bad Employee to a good one who actually contributes positively to your organization? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 - 34 answers

Language mistakes compared

Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
posted by sien on Mar 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Predicting Catastrophes

When is an individual most likely to make a serious mistake (say, on the job or at some task involving risk)? I recall research that suggesting a "seven year rule" that after seven years of doing something, one has acquired enough mastery over the job or task or skill that complacence begins to creep in -- and with it, vigilance drops and disaster ensues. Any leads much appreciated.
posted by adamrobinson on Sep 16, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I find what I am not looking for?

How do you increase serendipity? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Apr 9, 2009 - 22 answers

Copyright law and mistakes in text.

I'm proofreading an OCR file of a 25-year-old book, and after I fixed it up the company (whose history it is) said I had to put back in all the original (non-OCR) mistakes (words spelled wrong, incorrect tenses, text inconsistencies, semicolons used miserably) for copyright reasons. I told them it's their copyright, and they can do whatever they want with it. No, they say, it's a historical record. It's also their money, so I'll do whatever they want . . . but are they right? Are misspelled words and poor punctuation a copyright issue? [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Apr 28, 2004 - 19 answers

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