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    Patience is a virtue ..... they reckon

    Hello All,

    Today I received feedback from my supervisory team for my PhD on my thesis' 606 word long abstract. . That is roughly three pages and three lines at double space line setting. The abstract was the last thing that I had to work on. No more writing up - all the content is done.

    It has taken 84 days or 12 weeks to receive feedback.

    I had to add in three commas and delete the word "in" and substitute it with the word "from".

    Is there an emoji for wanting to scream until your head falls off? I have gone beyond the bashing my head against the brick wall emoji. Arggghhhhhhh

    Changes have been made to the thesis... within minutes of receiving the feedback.

    Well that is it - Draft III . Off to find a university approved proof-reader....

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    As several of my friends have said to me over the years, there is a reason a PhD is known colloquially as ‘Permanent Head Damage’. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cripesamighty View Post
    As several of my friends have said to me over the years, there is a reason a PhD is known colloquially as ‘Permanent Head Damage’. Good luck!

    hello Cripes,

    Thanks for the reply...

    Supervisors thanked for their feedback. Initial enquiry sent to recommended proofreader, university research admin office informed. Equals all that I can do at this present moment of time.

    Another interpretation is Painful, hard and Difficult...

    Oh - I forgot something. As each stage of the thesis has been ticked off the celebratory playing of the following song - volume very loud.... Queen - Another One Bites the Dust (Official Video) - YouTube
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    It is a Doctorate in Philosophy and if you are not in a philosophical mood by now...

    Well done Lionel. I wish you well in the examination stage. What is the process of examination and thesis defence in your institution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsock View Post
    It is a Doctorate in Philosophy and if you are not in a philosophical mood by now...

    Well done Lionel. I wish you well in the examination stage. What is the process of examination and thesis defence in your institution?
    Hello WIndsock,

    The next step in the process is to engage a professional, university approved proofreader. After that make the necessary changes via the proofreader. Send the corrected version off to the supervisory team. They give the thesis the tick. Off it goes to the Research Office. A pool of five or so possible examiners is contacted in Secret Squirrel mode. Three of these examiners are selected - also Secret Squirrel - to examine the thesis. I am never supposed to know who the examiners were. The examiners give one of three results: 1) every thing is fine - approved; 2) make the following recommended changes = conditional acceptance - given so many weeks to make the changes; 3) the whole document is a total crock - bugger off. Or words to that effect.

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    One of my colleagues is now a Doctor of cloud... your experience sounds very similar to his - months going by to get feedback on his thesis. Hang in there....

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    In a certain mythical state 'ethics' are an interesting 'qualification' one might need to study, be examined on and acquire certification to go about handling, measuring, sexing and tagging of something like a fish or a lobster or a crab or a worm.

    The ethics 'group' can only consider a research application at one of their occasional meetings when the whole committee is present.

    In the basic ethics 101 online quiz (multiple choice) there is a question about when ethics are not required............... dealing with invertebrates is one possible answer and dealing with decapods is another.

    There is only one right answer, but decapods are invertebrates.


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    Hello All,

    Just a quick update. The past 24 hours have been busy. I contacted the recommended proof-reader. They contacted me back and said they were available. Quotation for proof-reading generated as per university guidelines. Quotation sent to university - university approved expenditure. Proof-reader sent thesis. Proof-reader stated that they will be starting on the thesis this afternoon!!! Things are happening! Onwards and upwards.

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    Hello All,

    Well, the things they do not seem to teach you at university! This apparently includes how to generate a "clean" copy of the thesis so it can be sent to proof-readers. As in, a document that does not show any Review > Track Changes > or reviewer's Comments. I thought that by going to Review > All Markup > "Original" or by selecting "No Markup" that the options formed a permanent change.

    It turns out that while the document appears to be without Tracked Changes or Comments this change is not "Saved". So when you send a saved copy to the proof-reader they get a full blown Tracked Changes and All Comments visible version.

    So after receiving the feedback this morning that I had sent yet another "unclean" version of the thesis to the proof-reader - I hit the internet and wound up on YouTube.

    According to the Nuts and Bolts YouTube video I had to go into the Word "File" function about four layers of drop-down options to get to a place that showed Comments, Revisions, and Versions ..... Remove all. The Nuts and Bolt YouTube clip is accessible 26 November 2021 from, How to REMOVE and HIDE comments in Word (w/ Shortcuts) - YouTube.

    Third time was the charm - the proof-reader now has a "Clean" document they can work on - at last! Argghhhhhhhhhhh!

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    Hi,
    In days of yore, that would mean a retype on a manual tripewriter (along with inevitable typos) just for fun and giggles.
    Cheers

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