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January 8, 2013
Overly Honest Experimental Methods
If you'd like a look under the hood of a lot of research publications, go over to Twitter and check the #OverlyHonestMethods tag. You're sure to find your own sins on display, things like: "Mostly it goes 43%, but once it went 95%. We reported the 95%." And "We used [this program] because doesn't everybody else?". How about "We used a modified version of Dr. Ididitfirst's apparatus, because we couldn't figure out how to make an exact replica" or "For details see Supp. Mat. We put as much as possible in there because it doesn't have to be written as carefully".
There are dozens of them, and more coming all the time. I'm adding a few myself, not that I would ever do anything like these, though, you understand.
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