By Anonymous - 06/04/2013 21:39 - United States - Arcata

Today, I interviewed three elderly residents at a nursing home, hoping to use the transcript for a very important paper due next week. It went great, so I wrapped up and drove home. I sat down to start typing, and realized that my recording had stopped ten minutes in. FML
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You can probably remember the jist of what they said; fill in the gaps with plausible things

I bet that kind of thing gets old after a while.

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should have checked to make sure.

OP said it stopped 10 minutes in, which means it was working initially. When and what was s/he supposed to check?

during the interview.. can't trust technology completely. and there's nothing wrong with double checking.

I usually double check at the beginning of doing something, right before starting. I don't know many people that stop in the middle of whatever they're doing to check the equipment or whatever again.

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If whatever recording device he was using has a limited amount of space on it, he should have checked to be sure that he had enough for the entire interview. And glancing at it quickly to be sure it's still going takes very little effort.

i'm saving this fml because this is the sort of thing that *may* happen to me if i'm honest. i'm surprised the tape recorder button didn't push up make a loud sound signifying that it's not recording anymore? :(

I bet that kind of thing gets old after a while.

If it went so great they won't mind doing it twice

For them it'l be first time.

go back and do the interview again

I would go to a different nursing home so it's not as embarrassing.

that sucks OP better luck next time

Well I'm sure most of it was old war stories and senile conversations anyway.

You can probably remember the jist of what they said; fill in the gaps with plausible things

Well, if it was that important then you probably should have written notes down as well for that interview. If you don't, then YDI, OP.

Why would OP waste time taking notes when s/he thought s/he could go through the conversation again later? Best to give the subjects OP's full attention.

You should always double check! But maybe you can get with them again! Good luck, OP!

Technology is unreliable. Hopefully they don't mind you interviewing them again. :)

We are nearly completely immersed in technology; it's quite reliable.