I have a project for a course I’ve been running for some years; it contains every story every student has written, their files, their photos, etc.
But something’s gone horribly wrong with it.
One of the students sent me a story, in Word, as they normally do. I copy-and-pasted it into a new document the student’s folder, as I normally do. I edited it, pasted it into an email and went to send it to the group.
There were four new students in the group, so I went to the main folder in the project for this term to add their emails to the main list. But instead of finding names of each student and descriptions of each one’s desires from the course, plus their emails, I found the text of the story I’d just edited.
“Idiot,” I thought, “That’ll teach me to edit a story when I’m so tired.”
So I clicked into the document where I’d intended to put the story. And there it was. I figured that I’d made some stupid mistake, and I decided that the next thing I needed to do was to update the list of students’ emails. But when I clicked into that folder, what was there…? The story.
Then I went to another program and copied in the missing emails.
Went back and noted that one of the student had no email address. So I typed in “No email” in bold in her file.
Then I clicked into the main folder. It said “No email”. Clicked into another document that should have had a 2,000-word story. It said “No email”.
I shut down the project. Shut down the two other open projects (one a book I’m writing, already around 50,000 words; the other my Stories project with many stories). Thankfully, neither of them seemed to contain any “No email” documents.
Shut down the computer. Restarted it. My students’ folder still contains only documents and folders containing only the words “No email”.
What can i do?