"Editor" Beware: Please Take Your Job Seriously

Sherman L. McCleskyCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

"I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book"

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book"

-The Book of Revelations 22:18, 19

The author of this book, "John", gave us the most historic warning concerning the issue of editing anything. He understood that if you were to edit any part of that book, which it could lead to wars and rumors of wars that could last for generations.

It only takes but one addition and/or subtraction of a word, to change the entire meaning of one person's thoughts.

Do you know what I mean?

Did you know what I'd meant?

Do you know my meaning?

Is my meaning being known?

You feel me?

Are my meanings being felt?

In my political message forums, I often criticize Jewish, Muslim and Christian posters who attack each other's religion. I often remind them that the sons of Abraham founded all three religions.

So how can it be, that the brothers Isaac and Ishmael, who'd had both grown up worshipping the same God as their father, could come up with interpretations of "God's Will" so different, that it would go on to lead to wars that would continue to this very day?

Simple, somebody edited their works to fit their opinion.

During my time in this forum, I'd been involved in to two fights, both caused by bad editing. In these articles, the editors added things that I did not approve of and I couldn't retract the article in time.

I took the hits anyway because my name is on that article; therefore, I'm ultimately responsible for any reaction that comes back from that article. That's going to stop right here and right now!

From now on, if anyone edits my article, in a manner that offends anyone, I will publicly out you.

I will cite you by name and tell everyone what you'd edited. My motivation behind this decision revolves around the possibility that a poster can exploit this element to troll people. 

One of my edited articles referred to "Coach K" of Duke as being "silly" for his remarks concerning President Obama's bracket; never said that. It went on to start a fight of which I had no problem engaging in, thus the reason why I'd left the edited article as is.

I have no problem with anyone editing my articles when it comes to spelling, punctuation, spacing and grammar, so long as the editing does not distort my point of view.

Editing is a very serious job; therefore, those who chose to edit other people's work need to be very careful in executing their duties.

In editing someone's article, you are in effect, playing God; you can easily save or destroy a person's reputation with one use or misuse of your editing skills.

Food for thought: Just be careful.

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