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Updated on Tuesday, March 17

#20696

OMG: I'm starting get annoyed by TA's who don't know how to divorce their writing style preferences from proper paper grading .There's no one way to write a paper, just because you don't 'like' something does not make it wrong or lower quality.

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  1. That's how you know you aren't getting a real degree.

    If your knowledge is subjectively graded... its not knowledge, its feelings.

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    1. That's about as small minded as I've ever seen two sentences be, brilliant troll attempt.

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    2. I wouldn't say it means you're not getting a real degree, but it does mean that it's knowledge rather than feelings.

      It's hard to argue that subjective "knowledge" is more important than objective knowledge.

      If I was marooned on a desert island, I would much rather have an engineer/scientist/mathematician/doctor/etc. there than a lawyer/author/poet/sociologist/etc. Which is not to say that the latter professions aren't valuable--supposing we already lived in a functional society, which we do, I wouldn't want to be without them--but they're not as valuable, at a basic level.

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    3. That's fair on a basic sense, but by and large the UW trained engineers/scientists/ mathemeticians are not at all high up on the list of people I'd want with me on a deserted island.

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    4. Are you joking 1.b? A mathie would be next to useless. I can't see a scientist helping either, except one with knowledge in a specific relevant field. Engineers and doctors would certainly be nice to have around. I suppose mathies might be smarter, since their program's tougher, but not in any practical way. Also, mathies are more likely to be men, and I'd rather have a girl with me

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  2. If you don't write a research paper in the proper style it won't be accepted.

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  3. OP, you're reinforcing the problem Arts has with its image.

    In reality, there is objectively "good" academic writing and relatively "poor." The quality of an essay is not determined by feelings; its merit is objective, just not quantifiable. An essay is not like like a story you write on your own time; there are certain expectations on HOW you write it, often varying by discipline, and if you fail to meet those expectations, it's hardly unreasonable for them to penalize you.

    Arts is NOT subjective or based on opinion; if it was, there'd be no benefit in studying it (I would be the first to admit that it's rarely practical).

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  4. Your paper is bad and you should feel bad.

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  5. Who writes their own papers anymore?

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