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EDIT: Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots - Kara Stanley

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  • rcaffin
    EDIT: Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots - Kara Stanley Hi Kara Welcome to BGT. This is a good start. I have some small edits for you to fix, and
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 2, 2008
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      EDIT: Merrell Mesa II Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots - Kara Stanley

      Hi Kara

      Welcome to BGT. This is a good start. I have some small edits for you
      to fix, and these are listed below. Please do not be offended by the
      terse manner used in spelling out the edits: that's just how I find it
      easiest to list them.

      When you have fixed these matters please REPOST the plain text of your
      OR here on this channel.
      At the same time would you please put the new HTML version in the
      Tests / Owner Reviews folder on BGT. Please include the URL for the
      HTML file in the Test folder with your first posting and all
      subsequent ones to make my life easier. It is now a requirement that
      we check the HTML version for various things like a clickable
      manufacturer's URL and some details of the layout before giving
      approval, and it is also a requirement that you provide the URL to
      help us Editors find your file. We are often editing several ORs at a
      time and are easily confused ...

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      EDIT: you must fix this to comply with BackpackGearTest standards,
      Edit: you should seriously consider fixing this in some way,
      Comment: usually just that, although you might want to make a change
      as a result.
      However, if you think I have got something wrong or that what I am
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      HTML Creation and Problems
      In some cases when editing the plain text of a review I find problems
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      Roger Caffin
      BGT OR Editor
      Comment: personally, I am not thrilled by the use of a pale blue font.
      In my eyes the colour makes it harder to read. However, This is
      probably a 'style' issue, and you are free to leave it as it is if you

      > Backpacking Background:
      EDIT: short, but you do not say here whether you do only day walks or
      over-nighters. This should be included here.

      > MSRP: $80 (REI list price no price listed on web-site)
      EDIT: delete this line. The REI price is NOT MSRP. Only use a price
      from the manufacturer web site, or put n/a if not given.

      > Product description
      EDIT: we do want to have a text-based description of the shoes in your
      own words, preferably supplemented with a photo. otherwise I have no
      real idea of what these shoes *look* like.

      > Since then I have worn them on everything from rocks to
      > pavement to gravel trails. And hiked over 170 miles in them to date.
      EDIT: make into one sentence.

      > costing only $59.99 +tax on sale at REI
      EDIT: delete - that price is not relevant to someone who was not at
      that sale.

      > often turned my ankles on loose rocks, once I started wearing the boots
      EDIT: break into two sentences.

      > the number of times I twist my ankles while has been reduced by
      EDIT: missing word (hiking?)

      > result of wearing seamed-socked while walking
      EDIT: 'seam-socked' ???

      > I would not recommend them to cold weather or cool
      Edit: for cold weather

      > These boots where great on my four-days hikes carrying
      EDIT: were great
      EDIT: four-day hikes

      > bout 40lbs, my friend had horrid heavy
      EDIT: two sentences

      > Not warm enough for winter hikes if your cold-footed like me
      EDIT: avoid the 'your' bit: our 'no projection' rule.
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