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04 March 2009 @ 07:25 pm
While looking for another file a few weeks ago I came across a story that is far from finished that I had shown to a friend a long time ago, and even though I had mentioned that the story was rough and incomplete, the person sent it back to me filled with very red corrections to the story. Even though I appreciate the effort by this particular person, it was the way she did them when I had said the story wasn't ready yet that sort of threw me.

Poll #1359764 Unsolicted Beta

Is it appropriate it credit someone with beta'ing a story when the corrections are not solicited?

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Stephanie: J/A back to back b/wladycallie on March 4th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'd say yes, but you don't have to credit them as your beta. Just toss out a line about "thanks to _____ for looking at this in it's baby stage".
wordboy1wordboy1 on March 4th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I know when I'm reading something, I automatically start editing it. It's just force of habit.

So I'd say credit the person who read and edited, but not for being a beta. Something general, like ladycallie suggested would be good.
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Kazkazbaby on March 4th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
It wasn't you. (you always use blue for me.)
Liza: :Plizamanynames on March 4th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda torn, honestly. It comes down to: did it help? If yes, credit. If no, fuckem.

Alo, was that me? If that was me, I was having an asshole day, ignore me.
Kaz: Working Hard (Cam)kazbaby on March 5th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
*pets* It wasn't you.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Aerynsabaceanbabe on March 5th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
My answer is maybe? If you end up using it, then yes, but if you don't, then no. (And if it was me, I'm so sorry.)
Kaz: Working Hard (Cam)kazbaby on March 5th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
don't worry, it wasn't you chicka.
I'm an Honorary Canadian. I have proof!camshaft22 on March 5th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Peronally, I would say No. You didn't want this person's editing. I would be nice and say 'Blah looked over it in it's baby stage' like ivorygates suggested, but I would definitely go to this person and be like 'I wasn't ready for this to happen yet, and it was not cool of you to do.' Then decide whether to put them even on it or not.
grammarwomangrammarwoman on March 5th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
I'd put in another vote for maybe including a shout-out to the person that doesn't use "beta".