More evidence of the stupidity of the APA: Go to the online submissions page and submit a paper to the Eastern Division APA meeting. Here are the instructions (emphasis in original):
1. Please verify your membership information above.
2. Complete the Paper details below.
3. Click the "Submit" button.
ONCE YOU CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON THIS WILL BE THE FINAL STEP IN THE PAPER SUBMISSION PROCESS! THIS MEANS YOUR PAPER MUST BE UPLOADED WITH YOUR SUBMISSION. SO BE SURE YOU ARE READY TO UPLOAD YOUR PAPER. IF YOUR PAPER IS NOT UPLOADED AT THE TIME YOU SUBMIT, YOU WILL NOT ABLE TO UPLOAD YOUR PAPER AT A LATER TIME NOR WILL IT BE UPLOADED BY THE APA OFFICE. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!
4. You will then be prompted to upload your submission documents.
5. Locate your document files and click "Upload".
Is it me, or do these instructions-- especially the selection in bold-- serve only to confuse and complicate? One is told that clicking the "submit" button is the final (and irrevocable) step in the paper submission process. But wait! One is then told that after clicking "submit," one will be prompted to undertake the additional task of uploading "submission documents." Are the "submission documents" to be uploaded your paper and abstract? Click and see! But if you're wrong, you'll have to start over again. The APA Office will be of no help. "No exceptions will be made!"
A national organization representing a profession that prizes clarity and precision, and crucial elements of the page look like they were written by a sixth grader.
Keep paying those dues, folks....