[r-t] Proposed definition of a peal

Don Morrison dfm at ringing.org
Tue Aug 5 23:35:15 UTC 2008

On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 7:19 PM, Martin Cansdale <mjclists at gmail.com> wrote:
> Can I take this opportunity to remind people that the person who
>suggested that coming up with new decisions would be difficult was
>roundly vilified?

I don't think that's a fair assessment. Certainly my own response did
not "vilify" Ted. I politely experssed an opion that he was being
overly pessemistic, and I asserted that it would require a few months
of iteration to get right. This error is an example of that give and

This error is neither the first nor the last I will make in my own
contributions to this effort. Extrapolating from that to the task
being insurmountably difficult seems a bit far fetched. Perhaps it is
insurmountably difficult, but we do not currently have the evidence to
make that call, and indeed the evidence I'm seeing seems to be quite
encouraging that in the matter of just a few days we are converging
remarkably quickly--such efforts usually start with a lot of flailing
as people come at things with far more divergent goals than we seem to
be doing, at least so far.

Don Morrison <dfm at ringing.org>
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." -- Elvis Costello,
in an interview with Timothy White, _Musician_, October 1983

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