Editors: Do you look to see if another editor has left comments on a review when you take something from the task market?

Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I'm new to the editing this rotation, and while I keep the editor guidelines close at hand, some things I learn through trial and error.

One such thing was to check for previous editor comments when taking tasks. There was one review... it needed help. A lot of help. I went down to the comments area to leave a message for the author and discovered that another editor had already left copious notes for the reviewer.

Since then, I've made it habit to check the comments area at the bottom of a review first.

Do you look to see if another editor has left comments on a review when you take something from the task market?

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Yes, first thing I do is look to see if another editor has left comments.
2  (17%)
Yes, though it's not the first thing I look for.
6  (50%)
No, I didn't realize that was a possibility.
1  (8%)
No, because if it's that bad it should have been transferred to an admin.
No, I just edit.
Other.
3  (25%)
Total votes: 12
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Badass Badass
I wish I was an editor...
05/26/2012
clix69 clix69
Id like to be an editor sometime, it looks fun!
05/26/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Badass
I wish I was an editor...
The next rotation is in July. Have you put in an application?
05/26/2012
Apirka Apirka
I've only come across a few that had comments from another editor (most of the comments I see are from the author). While it's not the absolute first thing I look for, I do look for it before I start editing the review.
05/26/2012
Woman China Woman China
I usually look at what the reviewed product is first, read the title (cause the page is loading) then scroll down to see if anyone left any comments.
05/27/2012
chantalgiardina chantalgiardina
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
I'm new to the editing this rotation, and while I keep the editor guidelines close at hand, some things I learn through trial and error.

One such thing was to check for previous editor comments when taking tasks. There was one review... it ... More
I am not an editor but I think it would be one of the first things to do.
05/31/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
I think that it would be helpful to have the comments up at the top, before the review begins, rather than at the bottom, underneath the review. That way, no one could miss them, and it would save editors a lot of time versus if they try to edit the review before scrolling down.

I have seen reviews (that I have judged to be too much to edit, have written notes on, and have sent back to the reviewer) picked up, edited, and published by other editors right after I have released it.
06/09/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. N
I think that it would be helpful to have the comments up at the top, before the review begins, rather than at the bottom, underneath the review. That way, no one could miss them, and it would save editors a lot of time versus if they try to edit the ... More
"I have seen reviews (that I have judged to be too much to edit, have written notes on, and have sent back to the reviewer) picked up, edited, and published by other editors right after I have released it."

This has happened to me too. There was one review I did heavy editing on before throwing up my hands and submitting it back to the reviewer, and got ZERO response. After having my hands tied for almost two days, I released it with the intention of transferring it to the administrator, only to have it disappear and get published in under five minutes. To say I lost all respect for the editor would be putting it mildly.

The idea of the editing program is a great one, but it needs a lot of tweaking. I know the staff is hard at work behind the scenes, and I can only hope that the editing program is high priority.
06/10/2012
oldman oldman
I now check for notes, but when I first started editting I did not. A few times I would get to the bottom of the review to send it back to the student or to admin and I would see a very telling note from the previous editor and if I had seen it first I would not have started making some changes. Now, in general, I look over a review for technical points (punctuation, spelling, grammar...that kind of thing) and if there are only a few things or things that are obvious typos, I'll edit. I have read some very, very poor quality reviews but I do not judge that and will not send it to the writer or admin based on quality. Having said that, if I see several reviews from the same writer in a short period of time, and all of them are very uninformative reviews, I will shoot a note to admin after publishing.

To those of you looking forward to editting, my advice is go slow. It is a wake up call to what EF staff deals with ten fold to what you will experience. Probably half of the writers don't have a clue what they are writing about and the other half has technical skills below the 2nd grade level. Now...dont't get me started on the epidemic of plagiarism...
07/11/2012
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