Footnotes and sources

I got an email from somebody asking me about a missing baby case I have on Charley. The baby in question, I noted, has a certain birthmark. The person wants to know what my exact source was for that info. The problem is that I don’t have it. I haven’t touched that case since 2007, and the birthmark info was there before even then. I don’t remember when I added that part, or even if I did; for all I know, the birthmark may be a piece of info left over from the MPCCN days. All I’ve got is that list of sources at the bottom of the page. There are six and three are newspapers. The words “needle” and “haystack” come to mind.

Sometimes I think I really ought to start footnoting my Charley casefiles, Wikipedia style, to avoid this kind of problem.

7 thoughts on “Footnotes and sources

  1. danielle March 2, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    do that ONLY if you’re up to it. Most of us…the vast majority…have no problems with your info. You have a lot going on right now so don’t add any more work or pressure for yourself that’s unnecessary.

    • Zoe March 6, 2011 / 3:27 am

      I agree with danielle. Besides, even if you do reference a lot of news articles etc links just don’t work for very long anyway, meaning you go to a lot of trouble for little point in long run.

  2. Princess Shantae March 2, 2011 / 5:02 pm

    I wouldn’t botgher with footnotes. They just junk up the page and make it look messy. If this person wants to know that bad where you found out about the birthmark they can do a little research of their own.

  3. Princess Shantae March 3, 2011 / 10:14 am

    Its probably right there in one of the sources someplace. Or someplace else on the net. Has to be or how else would Meaghan or whoever did the first profile have gotten it?

  4. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. March 4, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    [“Sometimes I think I really ought to start footnoting my Charley casefiles, Wikipedia style, to avoid this kind of problem.”]

    Yes, the masses would truly flock to Charley then; standing room only: “Footnotes! Viva!”

    To say nothing of what they would do should a working bibliography be provided twice weekly.

  5. Cattt March 5, 2011 / 6:27 am

    [The words “needle” and “haystack” come to mind.] ROFL!!!

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