Is an extra 2 minutes and 46 seconds too much to ask for?

When I asked that PDFs of a public consultation be online asap, was I being unreasonable? After all I don't really know how things work inside the city. Maybe there is some labourious process involved in creating the PDF files.

In answer to my own question: no. It is not unreasonable.

The consultation page was updated last night and the PDFs are up (7 days later). Using the "strings" command that's available on Linux or OS/X you can reach in and see when the PDF files were created (see table below).

Turns out it took under 3 minutes to make the PDF files. My guess is someone at the city, probably the same person who sends digital files to a printer, was finally tasked with clicking "File -> Save as PDF" six days after the public meeting took place. Not coincidentally, (and despite my email asking staff to do this anyway), it happened the day after a resident poked the councillor. So kudos to the councillor for responding but it shouldn't have to come to this (seemingly everytime).

It then took another full 24 hours to upload the files to - even though it runs Drupal (same software as the site you're reading this on). It has file-attachment features built in.

So no - it is never unreasonable to ask that PDFs of important information be put online before a meeting starts. All we're asking for is an extra 2 minutes and 46 seconds.

Apparently that's too much to ask for.

Poster PDF Created Time
Features 2013-09-25 15:37:27
Panels Option 2013-09-25 15:38:38
Curve Option 2013-09-25 15:39:03
Waves Option 2013-09-25 15:39:31
Site Information 2013-09-25 15:39:54
Public Art 2013-09-25 15:40:13