A polite request

There seems to be an epidemic lately: in the past several days, I’ve gotten like five emails from different people who say “you forgot to update this thing that you said you updated” when in fact I did not forget. If I say I updated something, and you look at the page and it doesn’t appear to have changed, please refresh the page to make sure it really hasn’t changed before you email me. This would save us both some time. Thank you.

19 thoughts on “A polite request

  1. Melissa June 5, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Ummmmmm…..who would do that?! Nitpicking much? Sheesh

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 8:43 am

      You’re not the one who has to spend time replying to the emails telling people what to do. And I get them regularly — it’s just that I got a burst of them lately.

      And, actually, plenty of ordinary people know about the page-refreshing trick. I’ve known about it since I was twelve years old. I had a website then too, and was exploding with frustration because my updates weren’t showing up, cursing Geocities, etc., and Dad said, “Refresh the page.” And I did and was like, “oh.”

      • Melissa June 5, 2012 / 9:16 am

        I meant who would do that – as in, who would email you about that?! And I meant ‘nitpicking’ referring to them…!! As in, they need to relax!

      • Melissa June 5, 2012 / 9:19 am

        As in, why would people bother you about that? Who are these people?! Lol. And they are very nitpicky (is that a word?). Chill out, people! She does a great job! 🙂

      • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 11:28 am

        They’re just ordinary people. I don’t mind them alerting me to my mistakes, even typos and stuff. And forgetting to update a case I claim I have updated is a significant error — if in fact that’s what I actually did.

  2. Princess Shantae June 5, 2012 / 9:55 am

    At the risk of sounding like a nitpicker, Meaghan, I was looking this morning at your writeup for Michael McGhee, and it says he might be a victim of the Trash Bag Killer. It has his name as Larry Wayne Kearney, but I have seen everywhere else the Trash Bag Killer was named Patrick Kearney. What gives?

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 11:27 am

      I know, two people emailed me about it. I fixed it.

      I really need to stop doing my updates while extremely sleep deprived. I make all kinds of silly mistakes.

  3. Princess Shantae June 5, 2012 / 12:22 pm

    Well, Patrick is a nicer name than Larry Wayne. Larry Wayne Kearney even *sounds* like a serial killer. lol

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 12:25 pm

      What is it about serial killers and the middle name Wayne? There’s also Elmer Wayne Henley and John Wayne Gacy.

  4. Kat June 5, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    It wasn’t me this time, I swear :). Yeah, there is some relaxation that needs to be had, but I would guess the increase has to do with you doing a lot of catch up work, so there are more things for people to notice and drive you nuts about.

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 12:47 pm

      Carl, bless him, emails me five minutes later every time I get an MP’s age wrong. I remember, last January or February, in the middle of the Great Headache Crisis and befuddled by morphine, I miscalculated the ages on like eight new cases in one update. And got individual emails from Carl for each one. I actually started crying when I saw them. It was one of those “and on top of everything else…” things.

      (Carl, you’re probably reading you this, and I want you to know to go ahead and keep emailing me when I get the age wrong. I don’t want incorrect things on Charley. It’s happening much less often now, though.)

      • Kat June 5, 2012 / 6:11 pm

        Sigh. Ok, that I’ll give a bit of a pass to. Age is important. I still swear that LE has the pics of those two sisters missing in KY (I think) backwards. I could bitch all day about grammar stuff, but unless it’s really important, I’m just grateful this site, and the cases, are out there, and I won’t bring it up. Ya want perfection, go to…well, I don’t know, since newspapers even have mistakes these days ;). You are only one person doing the best you can, even in times of severe crisis. You ought to be given an award for contribution.

      • CarlK90245 June 9, 2012 / 7:06 pm

        I’ve been reconciling your stuff to NamUs, to find out what is in NamUs that isn’t in the other sites, and what’s in Charley that isn’t in NamUs. You’d be amazed at how often NamUs gets the Date of Last Contact wrong. I’ve been researching the discrepancies, and usually you have been right and NamUs wrong.

      • Meaghan June 9, 2012 / 8:38 pm

        Sometimes they (not just NamUs, any other source) changes/corrects the DLC later on.

  5. Princess Shantae June 5, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    Ann Rule said something in one of her books once about how so many serial killers seem to be known by three names. And some other bauthor, I forget which one, kind of joked about serial killers often seeming to be named Wayne or Ricky Lee.
    Plenty of Waynes but the only Ricky Lee I can find is Ricky Lee Green, who was a real piece of work.

  6. Margie June 5, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Maybe the epidemic of emailers you have been getting means you have more website traffic? I am a member of Find a Death Forum and there is a missing persons thread. I mentioned on 5/31 that The Charley Project was my favorite MP site. Some people stated that they love your site and some people had not heard about it and stated that they are checking it out. So maybe more new visitors that don’t know about the refresh function?

    • Kat June 5, 2012 / 9:10 pm

      That would/could be a reason. I hope more people come to this site because it rocks and is very informational. And now, people know to refresh the page! I never did hear of Find A Death, but now I’ll look that up, so that works, too!

    • Nicole June 7, 2012 / 12:11 pm

      I’m a regular of Find a death forums too! 😉
      I actually saw your mention of this site. These two sites are the best. Ooh and Doe network I like too.

  7. Liv June 6, 2012 / 8:15 pm

    A way around this may be to ‘bold’ or ‘italicize’ your update on the casefile?

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