Today my advisor sent me a "report" to edit for him.
I spent 30 minutes fixing typos, making the punctuation and formatting consistent, and deleting half-sentences (because he likes to randomly start sentences and never finish them).
While I enjoy a good edit, I was annoyed by this editing for a variety of reasons:
- The minor changes I made would have been fixed if he actually re-read what he wrote.
- The content wasn't fabulous, nor that clear. But I did not put in the effort to fix it because this report is not something that is peer-reviewed, nor is my name on it.
- My name is not on it.
- My labmate's name is on it.
- My labmate's name who is on it did not (to my knowledge) read nor edit it.
- Last year, when this report was due, my name was on it, I was my boss's RA and I spent 2 incredibly late nights in my boss's office writing the entire thing and making many of the figures.
The only positive to this is that, because I am working at home, I didn't have to actually meet with my advisor to discuss this report. That would have been far worse and I doubt I would have been able to hide any frustration.