T'eyla Minh (teylaminh) wrote,
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Email shenanigans.

I think that worked.  I just remembered that I needed to change the settings for Outlook Express and my website emails, and it turned out to be easier to start from scratch.

Good things:  both my hosting people and Virgin are helpful people. And unlike AOL, who claim not to work with Outlook Express, Virgin actually tell you what details to put where so you're not fumbling around trying to make it work.

Nice people.  Evil AOL.

In the meantime, to ensure it works (and so I can put people on my SpamFighter whitelist) can people please send a short email to feedback at teylaminh dot com?  Ta.  Now I just need to go through the pages and find all reference to the old email address and change it...

I should probably mention, it's not going to be my primary email address.  That will still be the Yahoo! one.  Unfortunately they make you pay to synchronise it with Outlook otherwise I'd sync them all... ;)

So, yes.  At least I'm only at work for four days this week.  And four days next week.  And three the week after that.  Quite a relief.  Yay for Easter.

Today I had an amendment to do that wasn't mine, but as usual I did it because it was quicker that way.  I've pasted some bits of it (with personal details omitted, where applicable) under the cut just to demonstrate some of the horrible grammar in the thing.  I mean, it might just be me, but you'd think that the rest of the WPOs would have some sense of English, let alone common sense.  Or maybe I'm the only one who pays attention to what I'm typing...

Okay, here goes...  In a lot of this I suspect it's because the WPO in question just isn't used to the fee earner who dictated it, which is another reason why quite often their so-called 'help' isn't that helpful.  We know the fee earners for our team and hence know their vocal inflections, common errors, etc.  Again, though, common sense is just plainly lacking...

Team Manager - Counsel for the Local Authority and SS discussed issues of contact.  Er, no.  The TM is not the Counsel for the LA, as this sentence implies.  That hypen should be a comma.

...mother would have contact every day except for the bank holidays this would last two hours. - That should be two sentences.  ...this would be increased to fours... - ('four hours', that should read)

If this all went well then would be a community based assessment in the father’s home at this point Team M raised concerns... - again - two sentences!

Judge X stated that he was finding difficult to understand why that 10 year ago a report could not have been written by an incompetent Social Worker... - whut??  That MAKES NO SENSE!

Further since the report of Dr TG and impotent Social Worker’s assessment DNA had changed his mind... - again, this makes no sense whatsoever.  Also, the fee earner in question was partially amused and horrified by the word 'impotent', saying "That isn't what I said!" when she showed me, assuming I'd typed it.  Which is really quite annoying, considering I pride myself on things... well, making sense.

Those are the worst bits of it... but ye gods.  Part of the job description for the WPO post is to have a good basic grasp of grammar!  The only logical way this can possibly have happened, in this case, is if the WPOs are really just not paying attention to what they're typing and just going on auto-pilot.  It's easily done, and I do it myself on occasion, but even my auto-pilot is more disciplined than this.  They should really be glad I'm not their manager, or I'd be sending every last one of them off for basic English lessons.  There's another WPO who can't comprehend paragraphs in the slightest, because everyone is so bloody dependent on the fee earners telling them where to put their commas and full stops and new lines.  The fact is, the fee earners don't have memories like elephants, and they generally don't remember what they've dictated - if it deviates slightly from the dictation to make it sound better, they're not going to notice.  Many a time I've reworded a sentence so it looks better on the page, and nobody has said anything.

I say, they should stop fearing the fee earners and start to use some bloody grammatical initiative.  That is, assuming they have any...

Yeah.  And they're all slow. :P

I do believe that's everything I was going to say.  I think I'll investigate the Doc/Seven fic on FFN for a bit, as a few seem to have come in recently...
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