A former student asked for a brief e-mail of recommendation for a job. While I'm swamped in writing stuff I'm happy to do this sort of thing, and as it happens, the class she was in was relevant to the job, so I could write something useful. But to try getting some specifics about the student I looked up her grade records from that term.
A-ha! But. It turns out this handicapped junior spreadsheet with so many flaws has one further flaw: after the term is safely over it throws away your grade records. This surprise option feature is not mentioned in the documentation; I foolishly assumed that since there were still archives of the class forums, assignments, and such, that those silly little grades would be kept around too.
I don't know if they wonder why the web support structures get such abysmal reviews and feedback from faculty. Certainly the shortcomings of the gradebooks were bad enough, but to make them deliberately destructive of archived information -- I can't explain it. It's as though they did a careful survey of what faculty needed, and set about eliminating those features from their product.
And now I know to keep my grades on my computer next term.
Trivia: The Grumman quality control inspector who checked out Lunar Module 5, Eagle, was Herman Clark. Source: First On The Moon: A Voyage With Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E Aldrin Jr, ``Written with'' Gene Farmer, Dora Jane Hamblin.
Currently Reading: Tudor Historical Thought, F J Levy.