I'm on the "believe in the bigger picture side" of the arguement. I don't really care about the small spelling errors especially knowing copy editing is a pressure job with deadlines to meet every single night. Everyone makes mistakse and there are probably a lot of copy editors. I would guess the copy editing manager has a good idea of who commits the most errors and has addressed the problem. For me the paper is just a 45 min read on the bus before i start the grind everyday. Its actually relaxing. I think the format screwup they made a few years ago has been covered extensively already and there is not much i can add that will change it back to the way it was. (Just like ICRT radio will not bring back the 7:00am news hour).
TT carries its weight with some quality articles on occassion. The best part is every once in a while, a great Letter-to-the-editor is submitted by a joe nobody. - just like here on Forumosa. Every once in a while someone posts something really enlightening. (forumosa example: I remember one, I think ironlady dug up, about a guy/insecure girlfriend, guy stating he figured out the problem was his girlfriend's father left her family early on which cuased a serious emotional scar. Also, another one where a canadian student was contemplating coming to taiwan, I remember a great response from a guy telling him about how 10 years goes by so fast..etc. (if anyone wants to re-post links, great). I know, going off on a tangent a bit...so back to topic.
zhujianlun has given us numerous words of wisdom here and I for one think he is the brightest bulb at Forumosa, so please keep posting.
Also, knowing a little something about how TT works (i'm not an employee), I have seen their old apple macs and crappy spell checker program firsthand. It is really a joke to see a major newspaper in a high-tech country with such outdated hardware and software. Computers are dirt cheap nowadays and PC/Mac format issues do not matter any more. With better hardware/software they can be more efficient. Also, the new cubefarm they are in does not seem to be condusive to creative writing, but that's another issue.
On the topic of newspaper circulation, i caught the article a few days ago by TT staff writers which stated the Liberty Times beat out the Apple Daily. This is very hard to believe (in Taipei anyway) because whenever i go into a convenient store in the morning, there is a huge stack of Apple Dailys (ies?). At around 5pm, the stack is completely gone and if you want to buy the paper, it is a challenge to find it since all other stores are also sold out. I think the circulation numbers are total B.S. I think it can be assumed the largest vendor of Taipei Times or other English newspapers are conveinient stores. So if we calculate the total convienience stores, I think there are something like 3000 7-11's and maybe another 4000 Family Markets, Nico Markets, Hi-lifes, etc. x each store gets 3 Taipei Times, the total should be something like 7000 x 3 = 21,000. (not 210,000). Add in the subscribers, and total maybe is 30K daily readership. This is just a guesstimate.
(Speaking of the Apple, did anyone else catch the photo on page A10 today? guy with hand stuck in meat grinder. It beats out the tug-o-war arm snapping from a few years ago for shock value. - Just though i'd add that to lighten the spirit of this discussion). story here.