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Re: [BackpackGearTest] EDIT: Therm-a-Rest ProLite, Brian Jensen

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  • Brian Jensen
    Roger,   Thank you for the edits, I am going to do as you reccomended and request a mentor. In one edit you said to check my backpacking history since it
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      Thank you for the edits, I am going to do as you reccomended and request a mentor. In one edit you said to check my backpacking history since it stated I started at age 7. This is infact true since my father was very big into backpacking, if there is a better way to word it then I will change it. I took nothing offensive and appreciate the edits.
      Warm Regards,
      Brian Jensen

      --- On Sun, 6/7/09, Roger Caffin <r.caffin@...> wrote:

      From: Roger Caffin <r.caffin@...>
      Subject: [BackpackGearTest] EDIT: Therm-a-Rest ProLite, Brian Jensen
      To: BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 11:39 AM

      EDIT: Therm-a-Rest ProLite, Brian Jensen

      Hi Brian

      Welcome to BGT. This is a start, but I have to say straight away that it is
      too short and we really need a lot more detail than you have provided. I
      would very strongly recommend that you work with a Mentor for the first few
      Owner Reviews: it makes a huge amount of difference. Details on how to ask
      for one are given below.

      In the meantime, I have some outlined just a few edits for you to fix, and
      these are listed below. I have not dealt with the rest of the review as it
      needs a lot of enhancement first.
      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. In the future 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.

      All Test Reports require photos of the gear. While we do not insist on the
      inclusion of photos in your first Owner Review, we do strongly encourage you
      to do so. Your second Owner Review will require the inclusion of photos
      anyhow. As I am sure you will know, pictures convey so much more information
      when used in conjunction with the text. If you have trouble with the
      pictures, and especially with the 'ALT' tags, let me know. The problem is
      well-known and easily fixed.

      Edit Conventions
      Many Editors use the following convention in listing their edits and
      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
      However, if you think I have got something wrong or that what I am
      criticising is actually a matter of personal writing style, feel free to say
      so. Personal style is accepted, as long as it is reasonably clear what you

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      all conversions in a realistic manner - in this case 68 F is suitable.

      If you are not sure exactly how to get going, we have an excellent Mentor
      program. It was established to help all newcomers through the somewhat
      confusing process of becoming gear testers, and to make sure they understand
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      HTML Creation and Problems
      In some cases when editing the plain text of a review I find problems with
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      to create plain text. Some people who know nothing about HTML like the very
      point-and-click oriented NVU, although I don't. It mangles the underlying
      layout of text and HTML tags. Both can be found through Google.

      In other cases where there are serious HTML problems the source of the
      problems may be that you used MS Word to generate the HTML file. We have had
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      Writer is a better option.

      BGT Report Writer
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      http://www.backpack geartest. org/lesson. php?lesson= RR&page=1 for further
      information. It is highly recommended.

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      to the use of MS Word.

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      Roger Caffin
      BGT Editor
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      > Therm-a-Rest ProLite Regular
      EDIT: a title needs brand, model and gear type - in this case 'Air mat'
      would suit.

      > AGE: 22
      > I have been backpacking for over 15 years.
      EDIT: ah - I think we need a bit of a check here. That has you starting at

      EDIT: you have not included a Product Description at all. This is required.

      > Therefore; I have a broad range of experience from
      EDIT: delete ;

      > This camping trip was from May 22, 2009 - May 23, 2009.
      EDIT: this describes just one night. We need lots more nights/information
      than this.

      > SUMMARY
      EDIT: you need a bit of a review of the mat over a good number of nights
      before you get to a summary.

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