Posted By Allan W. Miller on 12/31/2008 12:57 PM
"I'm sorry, if a newspaper can deliver today's paper with today's date then a magazine should be able to deliver this month's issue with this month's date on it... and just think, that all the confusion (you mentioned in your first post) with what issue you are working on would be reduced by, well, one or two months!
How very wrong you are, Les (and some other here)! An apples-and-oranges comparison, and I can say that as a former editor with a major U.S. newspaper and as the current editor-in-chief of a popular bi-monthly model railroading magazine.
But I'm not sure why the cover date is such a big concern to some. The content of the publication is what should be important, not the date printed on the cover. If you subscribe to a publication and are not missing any issues, you haven't been deprived of anything at all.
Yeah, that is a quote from me... Semper Vaporo is my on-line persona, Charles T. McCullough is on me Driver's License; close friends, family and some presumptive individuals call me Charlie, some call me C.T., some call me Semper, some call me Semp, and at least one beloved individual calls me Mud to my face and less flattering things behind my back
! A few individuals with a sense of propriety have called me Mr. McCullough. Others have called me other things, including Stupid, Dummy and Crabby, as well as Pedantic and Idiotic, and , but none of that has any bearing on this discussion, it was the forum software that makes the quoting function difficult for some folk and creates confusion and delay (and that upsets Sir Topumhat).
Besides, nobody ever calls me for dinner using any name.
Yes, you might call my analogy an "apples-and-oranges" comparison, but as far as the ability to put a date on a publication it is just a "fruit" comparison, apples and oranges are just fruit in this instance and likewise writing a date on the cover of a publication should not be so difficult for the guy whut decides the date to put there.
I already expressed what my concern is as to why it is of concern to me... in re: it is hard enough to remember where I read something and when I read it, but to decrypt which issue it was in would be lots easier if I could be assured it was the same as the month I received and read the magazine... and... when I go to the newsstand to get the "latest" issue and there are multiple months on the newsstand I can know that the one labeled for the month that is showing on my MLS calender is the "latest" issue. But with the situation as it is, I cannot tell what issue is in question because the date of publication has no relation to when the "issue" was "issued", other than some arbitrary advance in the printed date.
Now to give an example of the date issue... even though I sometimes fit the latter set of names I listed above (the ones that begin with the letters "S", "D", "P" and "I" as well as "Crabby") I am going to make the gross assumption that some of you that are following along this silly discussion (either gleefully or glumly) are presently engrossed in preparations for your New Year's celebration so I am going to apply a date here for when it is intended to be read... namely,
December 31, 2008
There are those that may have "subscribed to" this thread and will receive an e-mail notification of my adding this to the thread and as subscribers they will get to read it in advance to those that only log-on once per day and don't get to see it until the day after I have listed (or maybe later). I did not put a date a few months into the future because that would be a gross exaggeration as to when I actually wrote it and thus present serious confusion to my intended readership. There may also be some folk that will stumble across this thread some time in the future, say next month, and they will see that I wrote it in the past (to them) and will not be confused that it is still an ongoing argument if I were to have put next month's date there... uh, well, I hope it ain't ongoing at that time!
I am still of a mind that publishers that put ridiculously advanced dates on their publications are "silly" and deluded that what they are doing adds more value to their publication than putting a more realistic date would do.
There has been one argument presented in this thread for why the date is set into the future and that is when it is used like a "Sell by" date by the vendor. This makes SOME sense, but just like food that has a "Sell by" date, I'd rather know when the food was packaged so I can decide when I am willing to chance eating it, rather than rely on the packager's idea of when the food is beyond the safe consumption date, because the packager has a motive to sell the item regardless of whether it is spoiled or not and due to that motive I am not sure I trust the packager!
As to the "I got mine" bragging rights; for sure, some of that is just bragging rights, but as far as "who the H*** cares?"... well...? The braggart does, that's who!
But then, the early bird gets the worm, ya know... and getting the magazine "late" can mean missing out on things of a time sensitive nature. I hate getting adverts on the 10th that specify the sale ends on the 9th!